Removing waste will make crews’ job easier in Averies Recycling fire

Firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blaze at Averies Recycling have been hampered by the sheer volume of waste at the site

Firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blaze at Averies Recycling have been hampered by the sheer volume of waste at the site Buy this photo

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EXTINGUISHED waste will be removed from Averies Recycling to speed up the firefighters’ job of putting out the blaze.

For over two weeks, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has been at the company’s Marshgate base, struggling to put out the fire because of a lack of space at the site.

Now about half the burnt waste will be taken away to give crews room to work.

Due to the risk of it reigniting, the waste cannot be taken to a landfill. Appropriate sites are being identified.

Since the fire began, on Monday, July 21, smoke has swept across Swindon affecting neighbouring residents and businesses.

Firefighters are working with Averies, Swindon Council, NHS England, Wiltshire Police and the Environment Agency to deal with the incident.

Usually such fires would be extinguished on a managed basis, potentially taking several months to burn out but due to Averies’ location, firefighters intend to deal with it more aggressively.

Coun David Renard, Swindon Council leader, said: “We have made the decision with our partners to take clear action to bring this fire to a more expedient conclusion as it has been going on long enough and we remain concerned about the impact it is having on neighbouring businesses and those living nearby.

“The firefighters have done a great job tackling the blaze up until this point, but they continue to be hampered by the sheer volume of waste and the confines of the site, which makes their job all the more difficult. That’s why we’re taking forward a plan which will enable crews to put the fire out faster.”

The authorities haven’t released a target date for when they hope to have the fire out. The cause of the incident is still being investigated.

Mark Gaskarth, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Swindon area manager, said: “Crews have continued working hard at the site successfully making sure that the fire doesn’t spread and that it is kept under control.

“This remains an extremely challenging situation and appropriate action is under way which will enable our crews to fully extinguish the fire more swiftly.”

The council is continuing to monitor the smoke levels while the Environment Agency is checking the River Cole to ensure the fire hasn’t contaminated the water. Anyone concerned about inhaling smoke should call NHS 111.

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10:20am Tue 5 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

What kind of cowboy outfit are averies?
Stockpiling rubbish to that level for Christ's sake. Wtf?
What kind of cowboy outfit are averies? Stockpiling rubbish to that level for Christ's sake. Wtf? Davey Gravey
  • Score: 10

10:25am Tue 5 Aug 14

there-their-they're says...

Live near to this and I'm hearing a lot of my neighbours coughing when I go into my back garden, myself included. Get to the drs everyone and get it recorded!
Live near to this and I'm hearing a lot of my neighbours coughing when I go into my back garden, myself included. Get to the drs everyone and get it recorded! there-their-they're
  • Score: 11

12:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

martinsummers99 says...

I live outside of Swindon but have friends in Walcott that have had to keep their windows closed during the high summer temperatures. A facility like this that started small should not be in a town, it's environmentally unacceptable. They have breached several bylaws in the past and deserve to be closed down. The Greenbridge roundabout lives under a pall of smoke which smells insipid and according to the health watchdog can cause health problems to the tissue linings of the nose, throat and lungs.
I live outside of Swindon but have friends in Walcott that have had to keep their windows closed during the high summer temperatures. A facility like this that started small should not be in a town, it's environmentally unacceptable. They have breached several bylaws in the past and deserve to be closed down. The Greenbridge roundabout lives under a pall of smoke which smells insipid and according to the health watchdog can cause health problems to the tissue linings of the nose, throat and lungs. martinsummers99
  • Score: 9

2:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

mug? says...

I've developed a cough in the last couple of days. I've been smelling the fumes in Kingsdown when the wind is in the right direction. I'm wondering if it cause my cat to puke up all day yesterday and also my sisters dog.

Does anyone know the possible long term effects of this and what is contained in this acrid smoke?
I've developed a cough in the last couple of days. I've been smelling the fumes in Kingsdown when the wind is in the right direction. I'm wondering if it cause my cat to puke up all day yesterday and also my sisters dog. Does anyone know the possible long term effects of this and what is contained in this acrid smoke? mug?
  • Score: 4

2:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Always Grumpy says...

mug? wrote:
I've developed a cough in the last couple of days. I've been smelling the fumes in Kingsdown when the wind is in the right direction. I'm wondering if it cause my cat to puke up all day yesterday and also my sisters dog.

Does anyone know the possible long term effects of this and what is contained in this acrid smoke?
I expect the long term outcomes of this smoke inhalation could well be chronic breathing problems, cancer, skin problems etc. You name it and you could probably catch it from this type of fire where so many different materials have been burning.

On a slightly different note, I do hope Averies are going to be billed for every penny this fiasco has cost BEFORE they are allowed to go bust and are closed down.
[quote][p][bold]mug?[/bold] wrote: I've developed a cough in the last couple of days. I've been smelling the fumes in Kingsdown when the wind is in the right direction. I'm wondering if it cause my cat to puke up all day yesterday and also my sisters dog. Does anyone know the possible long term effects of this and what is contained in this acrid smoke?[/p][/quote]I expect the long term outcomes of this smoke inhalation could well be chronic breathing problems, cancer, skin problems etc. You name it and you could probably catch it from this type of fire where so many different materials have been burning. On a slightly different note, I do hope Averies are going to be billed for every penny this fiasco has cost BEFORE they are allowed to go bust and are closed down. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 12

8:20pm Tue 5 Aug 14

SAVE_UK_MANUFACTURING says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
What kind of cowboy outfit are averies?
Stockpiling rubbish to that level for Christ's sake. Wtf?
Most recycling companies operate like this. At times when the price is low they hold onto the material and when the price goes up they sell it off.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: What kind of cowboy outfit are averies? Stockpiling rubbish to that level for Christ's sake. Wtf?[/p][/quote]Most recycling companies operate like this. At times when the price is low they hold onto the material and when the price goes up they sell it off. SAVE_UK_MANUFACTURING
  • Score: -3

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