Waste Management of New Mexico Seeks Your Support to Help Prevent Truck Fires, Protect Your Community

Although it’s cooling down, your local Waste Management team is urging communities to practice proper disposal of cooled barbecue coals and of materials that should never be placed in trash or recycling containers to help prevent heat related cart and collection truck fires.

"While late summer is a wonderful time of the year to gather around the grill with friends and family, it can easily turn dangerous if coals and pool chemicals are not properly disposed of," said Jose Sanchez, Area District Manager in Farmington. “Safety is our top priority. We are asking community members to follow safe disposal practices to keep their loved ones and our drivers safe.”

Just as those coals helped to get the fire started in a barbecue, they can also start a fire inside trash containers or, once emptied into the back of a truck, ignite the materials around it. To properly dispose of coals:

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1.) Place coals and ash in a metal container and cover with water to fully extinguish. This is also a good method for sparklers, fireworks and smoldering materials.

2.) When materials are completely cooled, put into a plastic bag and then in your trash cart.

3.) Never place coals/ashes in recycling containers.

Pool chemicals, as well as, other common household hazardous wastes such as batteries, oil, aerosol cans, and household cleaners can also spark fires in carts or trucks. These materials require special handling and should never be disposed of in trash or recycling containers.

San Juan County residents can conveniently dispose of Household Hazardous Waste at the San Juan County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on September 22, 2018 from 9AM to 1PM at 100 S Oliver, Aztec, NM. This is free to all San Juan County Residents. For more information on future dumpster day events, visit SJCounty.net or call 505-325-6741 or 505-599-1284. Please refer to San Juan County for a more detailed list of what can and cannot be accepted.

By taking these extra steps to ensure proper disposal of cooled barbecue coals and common household hazardous waste, we can ensure the safety of our community and our team of dedicated drivers.

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