Fire hits new battery recycling factory one day after opening

Over 20 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a newly-opened battery recycling plant.

West Midlands Fire Service said half of the LiBatt Recycling Ltd factory in Wolverhampton was damaged by smoke.

Libatt Recycling was officially opened by its owner, the Recyclus Group, on 4th July.

Fire damage was limited to a pallet of lithium-ion batteries weighing about 130kg after the blaze started after 9.30pm on Wednesday, 5th July.

The company said nobody was hurt, and the plant reopened, as usual, the following day. It added that the fire was contained within one of seven bays to store batteries before processing and was separate from the recycling plant.

It is widely acknowledged that lithium-ion batteries pose a fire hazard when disposed of with regular waste. In fact, according to data from the internet, batteries are responsible for almost half of all waste fires.

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