Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Viridor plastics plant re-opens after fire

Viridor has announced that its £12.5m plastics recycling plant in Rochester, Kent, has returned to operational status nearly a month after a severe fire.

An office building and 500 tonnes of material were destroyed in the fire, which broke out in the input storage area of the Medway City Estate site on 7 June.

Firefighting crews prevented significant damage to the main plant (pictured before the blaze), which is now accepting loose feed and will soon return to taking baled materials.

Regional director Derek Edwards said: “I would like to express thanks on behalf of all at Viridor for the fast response and excellent co-operation from the emergency services that attended on the evening of the fire, especially Kent Fire and Rescue.

“Their action meant that the main building was prevented from sustaining any serious damage and has enabled us to return to operational status quickly.”

There are no suspicious circumstances. Staff attempted to put out the fire while emergency services were called. Nobody was injured.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.