The Environment Agency (EA) has appointed former fire service chief Peter Buckley to a role that oversees safe waste storage.
Buckley was at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for 26 years, most recently as group manager, and he becomes a senior adviser at the EA.
His remit will include technical support for fire protection plans (FPPs), introduced to reduce the risk of blazes in the waste sector.
The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) this week called for the agency to allow greater quantities of material to be stored on waste sites if certain safety requirements are met.
An EA spokesperson said: “We have recruited a new senior adviser to give technical support on FPPs and environmental permits, as well as assisting the WRA with its waste wood FPP template.
“The senior adviser will provide valuable technical expertise which will help us to ensure that waste can be stored in such a way that accommodates the needs of business while minimising risks to local people and the environment.”
WRA chair Andy Hill said: ”We are awaiting a meeting with the EA so we can progress our waste wood template for wood recyclers hoping to gain standard and bespoke FPPs for their sites. We are really hopeful we will soon be able to launch the template, which will enable more wood recyclers to gain FPPs and move their businesses forward.”