Recycling Truck Fire

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Peterborough, ON - Residents are reminded to not put items that may cause a fire, such as batteries, in their recyclable materials for curbside collection after there was a fire in a recycling collection truck on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Peterborough Fire Services responded to the call on Friday afternoon to put out the fire. The recycling collection truck worker dumped the material on the street after noticing the fire in the storage area of the truck.

No one was injured in the incident. There was some damage to the recycling collection truck.

It was the second time in April that an item placed with recyclable materials caused a fire in a recycling collection truck. Earlier an April, a recycling collection worker quickly removed an item from the storage area of a collection truck after noticing smoke, likely preventing a fire.

For information on the types of materials and items that can be placed in recycling for curbside collection, please visit

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot, located at 400 Pido Rd, is open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the safe disposal of batteries and other hazardous material.


For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Dave Douglas, Waste Diversion Section Manager

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1725