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Jump in fire incidents higher than announced

Adjusted figures from Defra indicate that the increase in fires at waste management facilities during 2014 was significantly higher than previously announced.

In February 2014, it was reported that there had been 295 fire incidents during 2013, so that the rise in 2014 to 311 was around 5%.

But in a Parliamentary answer this week, resource minister Dan Rogerson has corrected the official tally in 2013 to 276, an increase of nearly 13%.

Rogerson was asked by Labour’s Derek Twigg how many fires were recorded at both regulated and unregulated recycling or waste sites in 2013 and 2014.

His reply, included the table below, summarises the updated number of incidents recorded by the Environment Agency ranging from ‘serious impact’ to ‘no impact’.

Rogerson added: “The figures differ from those provided in response to a Parliamentary question on 12 February last year. The response to that question stated that there were a total of 295 fires at both regulated and unregulated waste management sites in 2013. The difference is due to some duplication of incident reporting in the previous answer.”

A Defra spokesperson said there was always the potential for some duplication within this data as a single fire may have led to multiple pollution incidents.

Type of waste management site20132014
Regulated225249
Unregulated5162
TOTAL276311

 

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • Many fires at waste management facilities can be avoided with a simple roof canopy covering waste materials or recyclate, often highly combustible materials, from airborne ignition sources. These canopies also help control moisture levels and therefore, the risk of spontaneous combustion. Such a simple measure can go a long way to decreasing a fire threat.

    Robert Alvarez, De Boer Sale Director - Commercial

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