Hazardous waste in recycling bins has caused a truck fire – another challenge essential workers would rather not be facing under Alert Level 3, Auckland Council reports. On top of the danger to the truck driver, the public and emergency services staff, the entire truck’s worth of recycling has had to be safely dampened down and sent to landfill. Recycling truck fires have been slowly on the rise in recent years, and the main problem is people putting hazardous waste including lithium batteries and gas cannisters into their bins. Auckland Council has a useful online tool that explains how to safely dispose of unwanted items.