The operator of a recycling plant in Swindon that was hit by a fire which burned for two months has gone into administration.
But Averies Recycling (Swindon) remains responsible for removing all the waste from its site by 15 April as stated in a revocation notice, an Environment Agency (EA) spokesman has said.
“While the company is in administration, it is still obliged to comply with the revocation notice and the associated conditions of the permit,” he said. “The notice contains steps which legally oblige the company to return the site to a satisfactory state and to remove the risks of pollution.”
The EA will continue to make regular visits to the site to assess compliance.
In November, the EA ordered the company to wind up its operations, saying it had “failed to appeal” the agency’s decision to withhold waste licences.
This came after a fire at its Marshgate site in July 2014 which involved 1,000 tonnes of waste, and the prosecution of the company and managing director Lee Averies for environmental offences. In November 2013 the recycler was also fined £73,000 for allowing dust to escape from its site and for operating without an environmental permit.
As a result of both incidents, the EA decided not to renew the company’s registration as a waste carrier.
Jamie Taylor and Lloyd Biscoe of Begbies Traynor (Southend on Sea) were appointed by the factoring company as joint administrators of Averies Recycling on 29 December 2014.
A Begbies Traynor spokesman said: “The joint administrators’ enquiries are continuing and further updates will be provided at the appropriate time.”
Averies Recycling has declined to comment on the appointment of administrators.