Risk from rub­bish

DRIVER ACTS AS CAN­IS­TER EX­PLODES

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A COCKBURN waste truck caught fire when a bu­tane can­is­ter ex­ploded af­ter be­ing picked up in Ban­jup.

A FAST-act­ing garbage man has po­ten­tially saved Cockburn Coun­cil $400,000 af­ter he re­moved burn­ing waste from a dump truck as it went up in flames.

The truck caught fire while col­lect­ing rub­bish from green­topped bins in Ban­jup about 8.30am on Novem­ber 23.

Cockburn’s waste ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Mickey Danilov said a loud explosion at the back of the truck alerted the driver, who was un­in­jured, to the is­sue.

“The fire spread very quickly af­ter that,” he said. “Two fire ex­tin­guish­ers were used but were in­ef­fec­tive in treat­ing the fire.

“Waste was then de­posited on the side of the road be­hind the Ban­jup Vol­un­teer Fire Sta­tion and the vol­un­teer fire bri­gade soaked the waste pile with wa­ter.”

It took 30 min­utes be­fore the fire was com­pletely ex­tin­guished.

The truck re­ceived paint dam­age but was only out of ac­tion for two hours.

Dam­aged sig­nage will cost $2000 to re­place.

But that is a drop in the ocean when com­pared to the $400,000 it would cost for a new ve­hi­cle.

Mr Danilov said a bu­tane can­is­ter sparked the fire.

A week ear­lier the City re­fused to col­lect a re­cy­cling bin be­cause it con­tained three bu­tane can­is­ters.

“They are be­com­ing very com­mon as peo­ple use them in small por­ta­ble stoves when camp­ing,” Mr Danilov said.

“Can­is­ters have the po­ten­tial to be very dan­ger­ous when not dis­posed of prop­erly.”

He said full gas can­is­ters can be taken to the Hen­der­son Waste Re­cov­ery Park for dis­posal.

“If a gas can­is­ter is com­pletely empty, it can be placed in the re­cy­cle bin,” he said

To find other drop off points visit www.re­cy­cleright.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew d447329

Waste Col­lec­tion co-or­di­na­tor Mickey Danilov. Ritchie

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