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Fire leads to job losses

Jobs have been lost in the searing aftermath of the fire that ravaged the Milton Keynes household recycling site earlier this month.

With no sign of when the materials recycling facility (MRF) will reopen, some workers have been laid off and the future of all others remains uncertain.

The April 2 blaze sent up in smoke a massive development programme being undertaken by Community Waste since it took over the site in October.

The firm introduced new shifts to allow 24-hour working at the Wolverton site, and hoped to increase its annual throughput from 21,000 to 95,000 tonnes this year.

Director Philip Serfaty told MRW on Wednesday: "Some people will be made redundant.

"There were only 20 people employed when we started, yet there were 70 at the time of the fire. Many were short-term and agency staff, and some of them have stopped being paid.

"We are in ongoing discussions with the council and the insurers, but it will be a couple of weeks until we can set a date for reopening."

Fire officers are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Recovered material is being sent to a facility in Peterborough, and Milton Keynes Council has appealed to all residents to continue recycling.

Just weeks before the fire, an open day was held at the MRF and the improvements that had been made were showcased.

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