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Large fire breaks out at recycling site in Great Manchester

Some 50 firefighters have been working to contain a blaze at a recycling facility in Stockport, Great Manchester.

Five engines and an aerial appliance were sent to the Bredbury plant after the fire started at around 9pm on Tuesday (20 August).

According to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), the blaze involved a unit of the plant and large bales containing recyclable materials over a 100m by 100m area.

Sean Booth, GMFRS area manager, said: “We will certainly be here for longer than today. There is a large smoke plume going into the air.”

The GMFRS and Stockport council were unable to confirm the name of the recycling company or the type and quantity of materials involved in the fire.

A spokesperson for the council told MRW the plant processed non-hazardous household and commercial waste materials.

Viridor and Recycle for Greater Manchester said on Twitter that the fire involved a neighbouring plant to their own sites.

According to local media, the site belonged to recycler Junction 25 Recycling.

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