Fire Department and City Concerned About Cause of Fires at RHB
The St. John’s Regional Fire Department and the City of St. John's is issuing a warning to residents that disposing of household hazardous wastes in regular garbage could cause a potentially serious issue at the landfill.
Public Works estimates that 65% of the fires are caused by either household chemicals, lithium-ion batteries or marine flares at Robin Hood Bay.
Since January 2019, there have been 31 fires at the landfill, the majority of which have been caused by improper disposal of household hazardous wastes.
Three of these fires were so serious that the Fire Department had to be called in to assist with the suppression efforts.
Household hazardous wastes are collected at Robin Hood Bay Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.