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Fire shuts Torbay MRF

Waste items discarded by residents of a South Devon resort are being transported 170 miles to another plant near Oxford following a fire at a recycling centre last month.

The centre in Paignton had been processing about 150 tonnes of waste per week until the fire put it out of action on March 25.

A Torbay Council spokesperson told MRW that Community Waste's plant at Enstone Airfield near Oxford was the only facility it had found that with the immediate spare capacity to process the Paignton centres waste. She added: The processing plant there is much bigger and therefore far more mechanised than our own was. It is recovering far more of the materials than we were able to do and this will be beneficial to our recycling rate.

Around 30 tonnes of waste is being transferred to Oxford each day by road.

Torbay Council said that repairs to its recycling plant would be affected by its insurers, but could be six months or more."

Workers employed at the Paignton recycling plant have been transferred to other duties such as refuse collection and street cleaning.

The fire caused considerable damage to one side of the building and the roof, and completely burnt out a JCB loader.

The police believe the fire started outside the building, but have yet to declare a likely cause.

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