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Hazardous chemicals responsible for recent Mesa garbage truck fires

Posted 5/4/22

There has been a recent uptick in garbage truck related incidents in Mesa over the last 30 days caused by the placement of household hazardous materials in trash and recycle containers.

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Fires

Hazardous chemicals responsible for recent Mesa garbage truck fires

Firefighters work to extinguish a a March 31 garbage truck fire.
Firefighters work to extinguish a a March 31 garbage truck fire.
City of Mesa
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There has been a recent uptick in garbage truck related incidents in Mesa over the last 30 days caused by the placement of household hazardous materials in trash and recycle containers.

The first incident involved the placement of muriatic pool acid bottles in a load of trash. Hazardous fumes were released, and staff had to seek immediate medical attention, according to a release.

In a second incident, pool and paint chemicals ignited a garbage truck fire.

A second garbage truck fire was caused by rechargeable lithium batteries placed in a recycle barrel.

And most recently, a third garbage truck caught on fire on May 2. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, the release states.

Mesa residents are asked to keep hazardous materials out of their trash and recycle containers. The city of Mesa operates a Household Hazardous Materials Facility at 2412 N. Center St. Building No. 2 and encourages Mesa residents to bring their materials to this facility for safe disposal. There is no additional cost to Mesa residents to use this facility that is open 7 a.m.-noon Wednesday-Saturday. For information, email hhm.info@mesaaz.gov.

Mesa businesses should contact a private hazardous waste disposal company for available options.

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  • JFForests

    Expecting residents to haul hazardous materials to a site or to wait for a scheduled drop off day at various locations is a ridiculous expectation. Many of us don't even have vehicles. The service should be provided curbside at regular intervals so they are not being stocked up in our homes or sneaked out in the the trash causing truck fires and polluting our landfills.

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