Recycling truck fire serves as important reminder
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Material in the back of a commercial recycling truck caught fire Friday morning just before 7 a.m. at mile marker 85 of I-64 West, prompting fire crews to respond and for Rumpke to issue an important reminder to customers.
“Not everything can/should be thrown away or placed in recycling containers,” said Bill Cole, regional safety manager at Rumpke. “Items like batteries, liquid paint, household hazardous waste and pool chemicals, are flammable and not accepted in Rumpke’s waste or recycling programs.”
The Rumpke driver was able to get the truck to the shoulder and dump the load to allow firefighters to extinguish the flames. Two lanes of west bound traffic were closed while crews worked to clean up the remains of the burnt recyclables.
“We caution all customers to carefully note what items they are placing in their trash and recycling containers. Extra caution will help avoid dangerous situations like truck fires that place our drivers, the motoring public and our equipment at risk,” Cole said.
Rumpke maintains a list of items should not be included in the trash and recycling on its website, www.rumpke.com. Additionally, a list of unacceptable items can be found on the back of Rumpke invoices.