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Fire breaks out at Sweeep Kuusakoski’s recycling facility in Kent

Some 300 tonnes of electronic waste caught fire in a blaze at a WEEE processing facility in Kent on Sunday morning.

Firefighters of the Kent Fire and Rescue Service left the Sittingbourne site on Monday evening and returned it to the owner, WEEE collection and recycling specialist Sweeep Kuusakoski.

The electronic material involved in the fire was stored in an open air location on the back of the site, close to the facility’s main building but separated from other types of waste by a “concrete bonding” that helped keep water run-off away from a nearby creek, Chris Colgan, head of operational services at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, told MRW.

No TVs or fridges were among the material caught on fire, he said.

The main priority of the fire brigade’s operation was to put the blaze under control to limit the release of pollutants in the air, as well as the water run-off, he added.

Some 50 firefighters and 10 fire engines were deployed to the site.

The Kent Fire and Rescue Service is investigating the cause of the fire, in particular to establish if any hot work such as welding was underway or to consider any other possible ignition source, said Colgan.

The Environment Agency was on site providing guidance to the fire service.

Less than a fortnight ago, a huge fire broke out at the West Midlands depot run by J & A Young (Leicester) Ltd, one of the industry’s biggest operators.

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