Fire fight goes on at recycle site

Fire fight goes on at recycle site

Fire fight goes on at recycle site

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @BerenCross

DELAYS in putting out the Marshgate waste fire have been placed at the door of Averies Recycling by the Environment Agency after it was accused of delaying firefighters at the site.

On Friday, Averies Recycling, the firm responsible for the waste site, said the Government body had been withholding consent on Wiltshire Fire & Rescue’s strategy for extinguishing the fire.

In response to those claims, a spokesman for the agency said it is waiting on Averies to remove excess waste at the site in order to allow more effective firefighting.

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

“The multi-agency response is being hampered by the quantity of waste stored at the site. The Environment Agency and partners have requested the operator remove the waste.

“During these types of incident the Environment Agency focuses on minimising and monitoring the impacts on the environment.

“This includes ensuring that environmental regulations are adhered to through advice and, if necessary, enforcement and that any waste generated is managed and disposed of appropriately.”

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

Firefighters are working with other agencies to investigate the cause and reduce the effect the smoke is having on residents and neighbouring businesses.

The fire service refused to answer questions over the weekend on progress in putting the fire out or any changes in strategy in the coming days.

The Environment Agency has gone into more detail on what exactly Averies was prosecuted for last year, having only mentioned the total fine previously.

The spokesman said: “Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to causing a nuisance to neighbouring businesses with dust generated from their waste operations.

“In addition the company also pleaded guilty to operating a waste transfer station without an environmental permit.

“The company was fined a total of £11,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,000.

“Lee Averies, an officer of Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd pleaded guilty to causing the company to commit the dust offence by neglecting to ensure appropriate measures were in place or followed to control dust from escaping the Marshgate site. He was fined £2,000.”

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9:09am Mon 4 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

What caused this fire? If it was the fault of averies then throw the book at them. Were they burning waste in an attempt to save money?
What caused this fire? If it was the fault of averies then throw the book at them. Were they burning waste in an attempt to save money? Davey Gravey
  • Score: 12

9:11am Mon 4 Aug 14

Oik1 says...

Well, that explains what I thought, very poor management, a real lack of care for those around the site and a conviction for not having the right permit to carry out the business it's involved with, all in all Averies comes across as a real cowboy outfit, time for it to be closed down for the benefit of local businesses and residents.
Trying to blame the EA for the ongoing fire seems to of backfired with yet more shortcomings being shown by Averies poor management.
Well, that explains what I thought, very poor management, a real lack of care for those around the site and a conviction for not having the right permit to carry out the business it's involved with, all in all Averies comes across as a real cowboy outfit, time for it to be closed down for the benefit of local businesses and residents. Trying to blame the EA for the ongoing fire seems to of backfired with yet more shortcomings being shown by Averies poor management. Oik1
  • Score: 12

10:54am Mon 4 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

Lousy excuse from the Environment Agency - sounds similar to the BS they put out about dredging in the Sommerset Levels. Blame someone else.

If there is an obstruction, then order Averies to move it. If they won't or don't, get a contractor in, remove it and then send the bill to Averies.
Lousy excuse from the Environment Agency - sounds similar to the BS they put out about dredging in the Sommerset Levels. Blame someone else. If there is an obstruction, then order Averies to move it. If they won't or don't, get a contractor in, remove it and then send the bill to Averies. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 0

11:14am Mon 4 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
What caused this fire? If it was the fault of averies then throw the book at them. Were they burning waste in an attempt to save money?
Don't throw the book that will just prolong the fire as it burns its way through it! Who else's fault is it going to be?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: What caused this fire? If it was the fault of averies then throw the book at them. Were they burning waste in an attempt to save money?[/p][/quote]Don't throw the book that will just prolong the fire as it burns its way through it! Who else's fault is it going to be? house on the hill
  • Score: 2

12:55pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

house on the hill wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
What caused this fire? If it was the fault of averies then throw the book at them. Were they burning waste in an attempt to save money?
Don't throw the book that will just prolong the fire as it burns its way through it! Who else's fault is it going to be?
No idea. That's why I asked.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: What caused this fire? If it was the fault of averies then throw the book at them. Were they burning waste in an attempt to save money?[/p][/quote]Don't throw the book that will just prolong the fire as it burns its way through it! Who else's fault is it going to be?[/p][/quote]No idea. That's why I asked. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Robh says...

I am still waiting for an answer from SBC as to why they are allowing so much recycling being stockpiled above ground. Surely it would be cheaper and safer although not very green to bury the stuff. The fire brigade are putting their lives at risk as well as the cost.
I am still waiting for an answer from SBC as to why they are allowing so much recycling being stockpiled above ground. Surely it would be cheaper and safer although not very green to bury the stuff. The fire brigade are putting their lives at risk as well as the cost. Robh
  • Score: 6

5:54pm Mon 4 Aug 14

leafy1 says...

Those poor people living in the close vicinity must be choking to death..........I drive past greenbridge retail park everyday and it stinks .It's bloody awful............for christ's sake get it put out.
Those poor people living in the close vicinity must be choking to death..........I drive past greenbridge retail park everyday and it stinks .It's bloody awful............for christ's sake get it put out. leafy1
  • Score: 3

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