Improper trash disposal leads to smoke in Troy garbage truck

Be careful what you throw in your trash bin. That’s the message from Troy’s Department of Public Works.

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They’re asking people to pay a little more attention. City sanitation employees on Wednesday saw heavy smoke coming from the trash compactor of a city owned garbage truck. They soon found a hazardous acidic liquid concealed in a black garbage bag.

Firefighters in April had to put out a fire inside a garbage truck caused by large rechargeable batteries.

These fires are preventable by keeping hazardous items out of curbside garbage cans. Those items include: chemicals, propane tanks, large batteries, rechargeable batteries, and acids.