Turning up the heat on fire prevention

Waste fires continue to blight the industry. But with the regulator rejecting more than half of fire prevention plans so far, who is at fault and what steps can waste companies take to gain approvals? Conor McGlone reports

As well as being a safety risk, waste fires damage the environment through toxic smoke plumes, firewater run-off and hazardous residues. Photograph: West Midlands Fire ServiceIn 2015 there were 262 fires at waste sites across England and the year before there were 309 – almost one a day.

The number of fires have remained relatively consistent over the past ten years (see figure), but the move away from landfill to recycling, and the rise in the amount of combustible waste storage this entails, means these levels look likely to endure without intervention.Graph: Waste fires in England

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