Improper Battery Disposal Caused Trash Truck Fire in Old Town Goleta

Batteries caused a fire in a MarBorg trash truck on May 20, 2024 in Goleta (Photo: City of Goleta)

Update by the edhat staff
May 21, 2024

A MarBorg trash truck caught on fire in Goleta on Monday and the City is confirming the cause is improper battery disposal.

The recycling truck was driving through Old Town Goleta around 11:00 a.m. when the driver noticed smoke coming from the back of the truck.

Batteries caused a fire in a MarBorg trash truck on May 20, 2024 in Goleta (Photo: City of Goleta)

The driver pulled over at the Goleta Valley Community Center on Hollister Ave and dumped the load to find smoldering batteries.

“Great reminder from MarBorg about the importance of disposing of your batteries the correct way,” wrote the City of Goleta. “The culprit? Batteries. Learn proper disposal at”

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no injuries.

Vehicle Fire Response to Old Town Goleta

Reported by BobScan
11:28 a.m. May 20, 2024

SB County Fire on the scene of a reported vehicle fire at 11:08a (Monday).

This is at 5679 Hollister Ave in Old Town Goleta, the Goleta Valley Community Center. Hearing it’s a trash fire inside a Marborg truck.

On the scene are ME12, ME13 with B11 enroute. ME14 and T11 are cleared from the area. All seems to be well, mopping up.


Written by BobScan

Bob is a volunteer scanner reporter for who posts breaking news heard on emergency traffic frequencies.

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    • …as well as thanks for the original post Bob!
      Battery Drop off:
      20 David Love Place, Goleta
      132 Nopalitos Way, SB (the one I use 🚴)
      USB Mesa Road, Bldg. 565, IV
      4004 Foxen Canyon Road, LO
      1850 West Betteravia Road, SM
      97 Commerce Drive, Buellton
      ….at least according to the Flyer I’ve been holding onto forever! ***Note; some of the larger types of batteries can be recycled (for $) at some other locations.
      But, for the LOVE of whatever, please do NOT put them in the trash!

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