Recycling firm frustrated as blaze still burns

Recycling firm frustrated as blaze still burns

Recycling firm frustrated as blaze still burns

First published in News by , Reporter

AVERIES Recycling claim the fire at their Marshgate site could be out by now if the Environment Agency didn’t disrupt the firefighters who are dealing with the incident.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is still at Averies’ base attempting to put out the waste fire which started on July 21.

Firefighters are working with Averies, Swindon Council, NHS England, Wiltshire Police and the Environment Agency to investigate the cause and reduce the affect the smoke is having on residents and neighbouring businesses.

A spokesperson for Averies said: “We remain concerned about the incident at our Marshgate site which has now been burning since the evening of Monday, July 21.

“Despite the view of the Environment Agency, we continue to work with all of the relevant authorities to minimise the disruption that the fire is having on the community.

“Our staff are undertaking a key role in fighting the fire and will continue to do so.

“We understand that delays have been caused by the Environment Agency consenting to the fire service’s method of dealing with the incident. Much to the frustration of everyone involved.

“Had that consent been given much earlier and the fire service been able to implement its strategy, there is every chance the fire would now have been extinguished.

“We would encourage the authorities to work together to decide on a course of action which will bring this incident to a conclusion.”

Averies has also repeatedly apologised to neighbouring residents and businesses for the problems the fire has caused.

The Averies spokesperson said: “We continue to feel desperately for our neighbours and the wider Swindon community and again offer our sincere apologies for the ongoing inconvenience that the fire continues to cause.

“However, unless the fire service get agreement to their strategy to deal with this incident, it does look like the current situation will continue for some time to come.”

Residents have called for the fire service to use foam on the blaze as they feel it’ll quickly bring it to an end. It is unknown whether the foam is part of the strategy which Averies is referring to.

The Environment Agency said they raised concerns of a potential fire risk at Averies during a routine visit earlier this year. Averies were also prosecuted last year for breaching environmental regulations.

The Averies spokesperson said: “We would reiterate that Averies Recycling operates a fully licensed waste transfer site at Marshgate and has systems in place to deal effectively with waste that is brought into the site. We work closely with the Environment Agency in all aspects of our operation.”

The Environment Agency continues to monitor water in the River Cole to ensure that the fire hasn’t contaminated it.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “When the fire started we deployed our national air quality monitoring team to provide information to the response.

“This has now been transferred to Swindon Council.

“We are working with our partners to ensure extinguished waste is being safely removed from the site by the operator.”

Anyone concerned about inhaling smoke from the blaze should call NHS 111.

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6:56am Sat 2 Aug 14

M4 Bypass says...

Pleased to read Averies know more about fires than the Fire Services and the Environment Agency. However it would seem they are not able to store the stock of their business in a safe manner to minimise all risks of pollution. I would have expected better after being heavily fined for dust pollution. Averies have a lot of questions to answer and hope legal remedies can be provided to all affected.
Pleased to read Averies know more about fires than the Fire Services and the Environment Agency. However it would seem they are not able to store the stock of their business in a safe manner to minimise all risks of pollution. I would have expected better after being heavily fined for dust pollution. Averies have a lot of questions to answer and hope legal remedies can be provided to all affected. M4 Bypass
  • Score: 21

10:32am Sat 2 Aug 14

Robh says...

Was it a controlled blaze that went wrong? Why is so much recycling material stockpiled and not recycled? It would be cheaper to put it in land fill and pay the fine than it has cost for the fire service.
Was it a controlled blaze that went wrong? Why is so much recycling material stockpiled and not recycled? It would be cheaper to put it in land fill and pay the fine than it has cost for the fire service. Robh
  • Score: 3

11:38am Sat 2 Aug 14

dr.dre says...

Bet this rain helps!
Bet this rain helps! dr.dre
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Sat 2 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

How exactly can the firm who caused the blaze in the fist place be frustrated it isn't out. Everyone else may be frustrated but they should be very embarrassed and fined for their stupidity. It really is a strange world we live in.
How exactly can the firm who caused the blaze in the fist place be frustrated it isn't out. Everyone else may be frustrated but they should be very embarrassed and fined for their stupidity. It really is a strange world we live in. house on the hill
  • Score: 10

7:58pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

M4 Bypass wrote:
Pleased to read Averies know more about fires than the Fire Services and the Environment Agency. However it would seem they are not able to store the stock of their business in a safe manner to minimise all risks of pollution. I would have expected better after being heavily fined for dust pollution. Averies have a lot of questions to answer and hope legal remedies can be provided to all affected.
Spot on in my opinion
[quote][p][bold]M4 Bypass[/bold] wrote: Pleased to read Averies know more about fires than the Fire Services and the Environment Agency. However it would seem they are not able to store the stock of their business in a safe manner to minimise all risks of pollution. I would have expected better after being heavily fined for dust pollution. Averies have a lot of questions to answer and hope legal remedies can be provided to all affected.[/p][/quote]Spot on in my opinion Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

8:24am Sun 3 Aug 14

Wigmeister says...

Pathetic attempt by Averies to deflect responsibility for their own gross incompetence. Hopefully the various authorities will now shut this useless whinging company down.
Pathetic attempt by Averies to deflect responsibility for their own gross incompetence. Hopefully the various authorities will now shut this useless whinging company down. Wigmeister
  • Score: 9

10:41am Sun 3 Aug 14

Waster1 says...

Nice to see Averies are taking full responsibility for THEIR fire at THEIR site, which THEY haven't managed in the correct manner. Had they done so, they, along with us, THEIR neighbours, wouldn't be frustrated. It would be good to know how much the public service charges are by the end of it so the bill can be passed onto Averies. Let's not forget, by not disposing of the waste Averies are saving a minimum of £80 per tonne on landfill tax alone (£80,000), which would be money in the Government coffers. I wonder if the tax man is onto this yet?
Then again, had SBC and the EA been on the ball, Averies wouldn't have been allowed to stockpile so much waste in the first place.
I do wonder if all their waste is now stockpiling at their other site, Swindon Skips, which also went up in flames less than a year ago!
Nice to see Averies are taking full responsibility for THEIR fire at THEIR site, which THEY haven't managed in the correct manner. Had they done so, they, along with us, THEIR neighbours, wouldn't be frustrated. It would be good to know how much the public service charges are by the end of it so the bill can be passed onto Averies. Let's not forget, by not disposing of the waste Averies are saving a minimum of £80 per tonne on landfill tax alone (£80,000), which would be money in the Government coffers. I wonder if the tax man is onto this yet? Then again, had SBC and the EA been on the ball, Averies wouldn't have been allowed to stockpile so much waste in the first place. I do wonder if all their waste is now stockpiling at their other site, Swindon Skips, which also went up in flames less than a year ago! Waster1
  • Score: 8

1:46pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Melgee says...

My bet Averies will go bankrupt or into liquidation leaving tax payers to pick up the bill.
Can anyone actually confirm that their fine was paid for health and safety breaches last year?
My bet Averies will go bankrupt or into liquidation leaving tax payers to pick up the bill. Can anyone actually confirm that their fine was paid for health and safety breaches last year? Melgee
  • Score: 7

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