Wood recycling firm fined for breaching fire prevention guidelines

A company that failed to learn lessons from a large fire has been heavily fined for ignoring EA fire prevention guidance

The 2013 fire at the site. Photograph: Environment Agency

A Teesside wood recycling company has been prosecuted for storing wood in piles in a manner that made spontaneous combustion “highly likely”.

UK Wood Recycling Ltd, which has a site near Redcar, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on 24 November.

It was fined £72,000 with £71,335 costs after pleading guilty to breaching sections 33(1)(c) and 33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The company had previously pleaded not guilty but changed its plea during trial.

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