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Wood recyclers invest to fight fire

Wood recyclers say they have shown “true commitment” to tackling fires in the industry with investments totaling £10m in the past three years.

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) surveyed some the biggest wood reprocessors and consumers to gain an understanding of how the industry is developing.

They included WRA members Suez, RWE, Timberpak, Hadfield Wood Recyclers, Plevin and Countrystyle Recycling.

The responses showed that the investment covered the installation of water systems for suppression and fire protection, increased storage facilities, heat detection systems and fire prevention equipment.

Andy Hill, WRA chair, said the investment figure showed a true commitment by the industry’s biggest players to ensure they led by example.

“There has been a lot of bad press recently about fires in the waste industry in general, and we are currently awaiting the results of the Environment Agency’s fire prevention plan guidance consultation.

“As a trade body that takes this issue very seriously, we wanted to get a grasp on what work is being done in the wood recycling industry to address some of these key concerns.

“This is important information, and with this investment will come knowledge and expertise that can be passed to other businesses operating in this sector.”

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