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SITA paper plant fire damage ‘superficial’ says firm

Fire damage at waste management firm Sita UK’s paper recycling facility in Dorset has been described by the company as “superficial”.

The fire started early on Monday evening and a member of staff at the Mannings Heath MRF called the fire brigade who put it out that same evening.

In an official statement, Sita UK said the fire was mainly restricted to a few waste bins within the building and that no one was hurt.

Bobcat mobile plant was damaged and the baling facility for recycled materials is not expected to reopen until tomorrow or Thursday.

In the statement, Sita UK regional communications manager Mike Dobson said: “The site accepts materials for recycling from a variety of sources and we apologise for any short term inconvenience this may cause to our customers.

“We would like to thank the prompt action of the fire crew and the observance and quick reactions of our local employees.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

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