Feb 28, 2018
A hoverboard was found to be the cause of a fire in an
Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) collection truck on Tuesday,
February 27, in the City of Brigantine.
While completing their route
in the City, two employees noticed the smell of smoke and immediately pulled
the truck over. The Brigantine Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene to
put out the fire. After sorting through the materials, a hoverboard was
discovered among the trash and determined to be the cause.
As proven through this incident,
it’s important residents understand what can and cannot be thrown in household
trash to keep our community safe.
ACUA reminds residents to never dispose of:
- Any recalled items, such as recalled
hoverboards, lithium-ion batteries, etc.
- Electronics –
electronics are known to contain hazardous materials that are banned from the
landfill. There are many local recyclers who can safely dispose of these items.
See www.acua.com/electronics for
Hazardous Waste – this includes pesticides, oil-based paint,
CFL lightbulbs, car batteries, bleach and other cleaning supplies, pool
chemicals, and other items that are harmful to the environment. See www.acua.com/hhw for
If you are not sure if your item is accepted as household
trash, please check ACUA’s website www.acua.com for
more information or call at 609.272.6950.