Feeling the heat: How the waste sector is managing fire risk

Firefighters are called out to tackle fires at around 300 waste sites each year. The introduction of fire prevention plans, intended to manage fire risk, has proved costly for operators, some of whom are seeking innovative solutions in order to be granted permission to depart from evolving Environment Agency guidance

Last July, two former directors of Lawrence Skip Hire Ltd were given suspended prison sentences and community punishment orders at Worcester crown court. The court heard that waste maanagement failures at the company led to two major fires and a pollution incident categorised by court sentencing guidelines as being at the highest level.

The directors had run a waste recycling facility under the trading name of Lawrence Recycling and Waste Management at The Forge, Stourport Road, in Kidderminster, under an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency (EA). They claimed the site was the largest indoor waste management facility in Europe.

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