Residents urged not to throw hot, smoldering items into trash carts

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Six police officers, two fire engines and three sanitation personnel were needed to clean and secure the scene when the inside of a trash truck caught fire from material placed in a resident’s trash cart in Dearborn on Aug. 9. Residents are not to put combustible, hot or smoldering materials in their trash or recycling carts.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Six police officers, two fire engines and three sanitation personnel were needed to clean and secure the scene when the inside of a trash truck caught fire from material placed in a resident’s trash cart in Dearborn on Aug. 9. Residents are not to put combustible, hot or smoldering materials in their trash or recycling carts.

DEARBORN – The city Sanitation Department is urging residents not to throw away anything hot, smoldering or combustible in their gray trash carts, following the second trash truck fire this summer.

The truck caught fire Aug. 9, forcing workers to dump the burning trash into the street of a Dearborn neighborhood. Six police officers, two fire engines and three sanitation personnel cleaned and secured the scene.

Although no one was injured, the incident put a temporary strain on resources and inconvenienced residents.

Sanitation Division officials said hot or smoldering materials are not to be placed in trash carts. Hot charcoal, for example, should be drowned out with water or sit at least 24 hours to cool, before being thrown away in the gray trash cart.

Materials that can accelerate burning, such as gas, motor oil and paint, should not to be placed in trash or recycling carts.

Hazardous materials can be disposed of properly through Wayne County’s Household Hazardous Waste Days, the next of which is Oct. 8, at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road in Taylor.

Proof of Wayne County residence is required.

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