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Three fires hit sector over busy weekend

By 29/06/2021News

Fires hit recycling sites in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England across a busy weekend as the recent spate of fires in the sector continued.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service remain on the scene of a “substantial” fire at a recycling depot in north Belfast.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue were first called to the site at just after 10pm on 27 June (picture: Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue)

The fire service said they were first called to the site on Duncrue Pass, believed to be run by Batesy Skip Hire, at just after 10pm on 27 June. The blaze is now under control.

At the height of the fire, six engines, one aerial appliance, one command support vehicle and one high volume pump attended the scene.

In a statement published yesterday evening (28 June), the fire service said: “Three fire appliances continue to deal with the fire at Duncrue Pass, Belfast, which we were called to at 10.12 last night.

“It is expected that we will be in attendance for the next few hours. People in surrounding area are advised to continue to keep doors and windows closed.

Launched in 1997 by Gary and Thomas Bates, Batesy Skip Hire offers commercial, domestic, and industrial waste services in Belfast and the surrounding area.


Six Scottish Fire and Rescue Service engines attended a fire at Glasgow city council’s Dawsholm household waste recycling centre (HWRC) on Sunday afternoon.

The Dawsholm HWRC in Glasgow is operated by the council

It was reported that a plume of smoke could be seen from miles across the city, though no one was hurt and the blaze is now extinguished.

A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service told “We were alerted at 2.12pm on Sunday 27 June to reports of a fire within the grounds of a recycling centre in Dalsholm Road, Glasgow.

“Operations control mobilised six appliances and specialist resources and firefighters extinguished the fire. There were no reported casualties and crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

As a result of the fire, this morning the council closed the HWRC to residents as it assessed the extent of the damage.

The fire’s cause is not yet known. The council says it will update residents “as soon as possible”.

Hockwold cum Wilton

Fire engines from Norfolk and Suffolk attended a fire at waste management company Freedom Recycling’s site in Hockwold cum Wilton, near Thetford in Norfolk, on Sunday morning.

Crews wearing breathing apparatuses were called to the fire at 7.22am and used hose reels and main jets to extinguish the fire, supported by a hydrant and open water source along with the use of compressed air foam.

Established in 2005, family-run Freedom Recycling operates a 50,000 tonne per year capacity facility at Hockwold and says it covers “everything from a four-yard household skip to commercial scale bespoke recycling solutions”.

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Source: Waste Managment