Swindon waste recycling company has gone into administration following a fire

A waste recycling company in Swindon has gone into administration following a fire that burned for eight weeks in the summer.

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Statement: Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council does not own the Marshgate site, so the council would therefore not be liable for any costs to clear it. From the outset of this difficult situation the council and partner agencies have been committed to helping local residents and businesses, whilst also minimising any costs to the public purse.

– A spokesperson for Swindon Borough Council

Statement: Environment Agency

Following the announcement that the Averies Recycling Ltd had gone into administration, the Environment Agency released the following statement:

We are aware that Averies Recycling (Swindon) Limited (ARSL) at Marshgate is in administration.

Whilst the company is in administration it is still obliged to comply with the revocation notice and the associated conditions of the permit. The notice contain steps which legally oblige the company to return the site to a satisfactory state and to remove the risks of pollution. The company must remove waste from the Marshgate site by the 15 April 2015.

We continue with our investigations and we cannot comment on the investigation in detail at this stage. We will continue to make regular visits to the site to assess compliance with the revocation notice which requires the site to be returned to a satisfactory state and the waste is removed.

– Environment Agency


Latest on Swindon waste plant fire

Fire crews at Averies Recycling, the Swindon waste plant which burned for eight weeks Credit: ITV News

Councillors in Swindon are to hold public hearings about the Averies Recycling fire, and how future incidents can be prevented from causing so much disruption.

The fire began at Averies Recycling in Marshgate in July and burned for eight weeks.

The council has set up a special task force to consider issues of planning, fire and rescue, the environment and medical care.

This will include evidence from experts and personal perspectives from members of the public. There will be at least four public meetings before any recommendations are made.

These are likely to start in January 2015, but this all depends on the publication of a report by the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum, which met this week to discuss the fire.

Crews have extinguished Marshgate fire after eight weeks

Fire crews have put out the Marshgate fire after 8 weeks Credit: ITV West Country

A fire in Swindon that has been burning for eight weeks has been put out.

The fire at the Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate, Swindon, has been fully extinguished following the successful implementation of a multi-agency plan.

Fire crews and the Environment Agency, who have maintained a 24-hour presence at the site since the 21 July, will leave tomorrow. Businesses and residents will be thanked for their cooperation. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation.


Councillors call for enquiry into Marshgate fire

Councillors call for enquiry into Marshgate fire Credit: ITV West Country

Councillors in Swindon are calling for an inquiry into a fire at a waste plant in the town.

The fire at the Averies site has been burning for two months and it's still not known when it will be completely extinguished. Councillor Mark Dempsey said it was crucial to get answers and find out how the site got into the state it did.

Crews will be fighting Marshgate fire for several weeks longer

Fire crews have made 'significant progress' since tonnes of waste were removed from the site Credit: ITV West Country

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue say they can't predict how long they'll be tackling the fire still burning at Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon.

A spokesman has thanked local residents for their ongoing cooperation. The fire has been burning since July. Fire crews say they have made 'significant progress' in tackling the fire since the removal of thousands of tonnes of waste from the site.

The huge stack of burning material remaining on site is now being broken down so the waste can be spread and fully extinguished. Due to the scale of the blaze, this is an unavoidably time-consuming and laborious process. We appreciate the fire has been burning for many weeks and that local residents and businesses really want to see an end now. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued great patience and understanding at this difficult time, and also to reassure them that good headway is being made. Unfortunately it is not possible to put a precise timescale on when the fire will be fully extinguished, as the length of time it takes crews to put out different parts of the stack inevitably varies. As stated previously, an operation of this nature is going to take several weeks and all efforts and resources are being deployed to bring it to a close as soon as possible so normality can resume. Thanks again for everyone’s ongoing support.

– John Popowicz, Area Manager, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

"Aggressive tactics" being used to tackle rubbish fire

Fire crews tackling a blaze that's been smouldering for more than five weeks have today adopted what they call "more aggressive tactics" in an effort to put it out.

They've finally been able to get close to the source of the fire in a huge pile of rubbish at a recycling centre in Swindon.

But they warn the clouds of smoke which have been blighting the area could continue for weeks.

Bob Constantine reports:

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