The Tucson Fire Department responded to a fire at Tank's Speedway Recycling & Landfill Facility this morning, June 11. There is no known cause at this time.
Although this is not a City of Tucson landfill, the City's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) wants to remind residents to keep hazardous items out of their trash bins, as the City's Los Reales Landfill has seen a few flare-ups in the last week. The cause of these fires was lithium-ion batteries mixed with hot temperatures.
Residents should not put rechargeable batteries, button batteries, lithium, or lithium-ion batteries into their recycling or trash bins. These types of batteries catch fire when they are smashed and have been the cause of many truck fires.
The City's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program is paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will eventually be back. EGSD asks that residents hold onto their HHW until the program resumes since these are items that can be extremely dangerous.