Lambeth: e-Scooter/e-Bike batteries fire risk

13 November 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

Environment - News and announcements

Lambeth Council is asking residents to take extra care of disposing of e-bike and e-scooter batteries following a series of fires caused by them being put in the rubbish.

Since May this year six fires were caused in Lambeth in waste collection vehicles and at processing plants by the batteries which should have been disposed of correctly at drop of points across the borough.

Deputy leader Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, cabinet member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, said: “We support active travel, and are supporting people in Lambeth to embrace cleaner travel options as we cut air pollution, reduce road danger and make our neighbourhoods fairer.

“However this is one area of concern that we need to flag with our residents. The batteries in some of these bikes and scooters are a potential hazard and we are asking people not to throw them away with their regular rubbish.”

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Lambeth: e-Scooter/e-Bike batteries fire risk

When the lithium batteries found in e-bikes and e-scooters are damaged or their cells compromised in the compacting process of waste collection, they can ignite surrounding waste, posing a serious fire risk. These fires can put waste collectors, operational staff and local people in danger.

For more information on this danger and advice from the London Fire Brigade on e-scooter and e-bike batteries can be found at

Most e-bike and e-scooter batteries have a minimum two-year guarantee on them so if they deteriorate or break in that time you can get them replaced for free under warrantee at place of purchase. If the battery breaks after that time they can still be returned to the seller or manufacturer for recycling, but may need to be bought again.

They must not be put in rubbish or recycling bins and they are not currently accepted them Lambeth’s Reuse and Recycling Centres. However Lambeth residents can bring broken e-bike/e-scooter battery to one of the following local drop-off points:

  • Halfords (Brixton) / Unit B Effra Road, Brixton, London, SW2 1BZ
  • Evans Cycles (Clapham) / Unit 2, 65 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7TG (limited capacity)
  • Decathlon (Surrey Quays) / 9 Maritime Street, London, SE16 7FU

The council’s service for households with wheelie bins under which old broken small electricals and household batteries (excluding e-scooter/e-bike batteries) can be recycled remains in place. Household batteries can also be returned to the seller. For more information on this and options for people who live in blocks of flats visit