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Fire doesn't stop Veolia

Despite a large blaze at its Brighton facility that contained 200 tonnes of domestic waste, Veolia Environmental’s recycling activities were up and running within 36 hours.

While more than 40 fire fighters tackled the fire in Brighton on the evening of Saturday 4 March, it had reopened for the public to deposit waste in the recycling bins by the following Monday.

Veolia Environmental Services communications officer Becky Walton said: “The fire affected our civic amenity site, mainly the area where members of the public deposit waste. A number of machines were damaged, but while the site was closed for a day, it was re-opened for the public fairly quickly.”

The fire led to the surrounding area being covered in a thick blanket of smoke in the town’s Whitehawk estate area.

An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Spokesman said: “We received the call at 2130 GMT and six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were sent to tackle the blaze at the 20 metres x 20 metres waste transfer building. They managed to put the fire out within half an hour.”

The cause of the blaze is currently being investigated by Sussex Police.

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