Waste fire smoulders on

This Is Wiltshire: The smoke from the fire at Greenbridge is still hanging over the town The smoke from the fire at Greenbridge is still hanging over the town

A SPOKESMAN for Averies Recycling has apologised to residents for inconvenience caused by the blaze which erupted at the site on Monday evening and continues to burn.

Fire crews have removed what waste they can from the site and will now begin attacking the blaze fully once more in an attempt to put out the flames as soon as possible.

They have been on site since Monday evening when the fire began, and reduced their pumps from four to one in that time as they suppress the spread of the blaze.

Firefighters have been unable to excavate the affected pile of waste properly due to a lack of space on the site, so have restricted their efforts to fire suppression until yesterday afternoon.

Two pumps then began actively attacking the blaze, breaking down the pile of waste, leading to an increase in the acrid smoke billowing around the area.

Firefighting was reduced again to one pump overnight and began again in earnest this morning.

It is expected that the operation will take several days to conclude.

In a statement, Dr Mark Evans, from Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire PHE Centre and Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, of the Swindon Council Public Health Team, said: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep doors and windows closed, and visit the Swindon Council website for further advice and information.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“Any smoke can be an irritant and if people need to be outdoors in the Swindon area, they are advised to avoid areas affected by the smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes.

“Respiratory symptoms include coughing and difficulty in breathing and chest pain.

“If people experience these symptoms, they should seek medical advice through their GP or call NHS 111.

“The smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma, COPD and cardiac problems. People who have asthma should carry their inhaler.”

Staff at the firm which owns the waste site say they are working with the authorities and their priority is to extinguish the fire.

Lee Averies said: “I am very disappointed and very tired. We haven’t had much sleep but we are trying to contain what is happening. It is a difficult time for those on site, our immediate neighbours, and the community.”

The company has a history of health and safety breaches, was fined £73,000 for a breach dating from 2010, and has seen its other site, Swindon Skips, subject to fire just months ago in October.

“To put things into perspective there were some breaches years ago, and there was a fine last year for dust problems back in 2010.

“There was fire at Swindon Skips, which we believe was down to arson.”

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9:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

towney says...

Oh dear, diddums, Mr Averie is tired due to lack of sleep. What a crying shame......not. I was awoken to the stench of smoke at 3am and thought the house was on fire, but then realised it was ok, it was just that I had left the bathroom window open and Mr Averies stupidity had blown in once again. This is a total disgrace, it is the middle of summer, for once a gorgeous one where we want to be sitting out in the garden, hanging the laundry out to dry and having all the windows open, but no we can not do any of those without choking on vile smoke. Very annoying.
Oh dear, diddums, Mr Averie is tired due to lack of sleep. What a crying shame......not. I was awoken to the stench of smoke at 3am and thought the house was on fire, but then realised it was ok, it was just that I had left the bathroom window open and Mr Averies stupidity had blown in once again. This is a total disgrace, it is the middle of summer, for once a gorgeous one where we want to be sitting out in the garden, hanging the laundry out to dry and having all the windows open, but no we can not do any of those without choking on vile smoke. Very annoying. towney
  • Score: 14

11:11am Fri 25 Jul 14

John~R says...

I would suggest that all the homes and businesses that have disrupted and had their quality of life reduced seek compensation from the company. Keeping windows closed during the current hot weather is a recommendation that can only be made by someone who isn't trying to live downwind of the fire.

SBC also need to consider whether it appropriate to allow any of the recycling sites (including their own) in urban areas to stockpile anything flammable for a period longer than is required to create a truckload that can then go for final disposal. These places seem to have an above-average risk of catching fire.
I would suggest that all the homes and businesses that have disrupted and had their quality of life reduced seek compensation from the company. Keeping windows closed during the current hot weather is a recommendation that can only be made by someone who isn't trying to live downwind of the fire. SBC also need to consider whether it appropriate to allow any of the recycling sites (including their own) in urban areas to stockpile anything flammable for a period longer than is required to create a truckload that can then go for final disposal. These places seem to have an above-average risk of catching fire. John~R
  • Score: 15

11:49am Fri 25 Jul 14

The Real Librarian says...

John~R wrote:
I would suggest that all the homes and businesses that have disrupted and had their quality of life reduced seek compensation from the company. Keeping windows closed during the current hot weather is a recommendation that can only be made by someone who isn't trying to live downwind of the fire. SBC also need to consider whether it appropriate to allow any of the recycling sites (including their own) in urban areas to stockpile anything flammable for a period longer than is required to create a truckload that can then go for final disposal. These places seem to have an above-average risk of catching fire.
Quite right

Two of these places buring in the middle of residential areas in a couple of years should be sufficient warning.
[quote][p][bold]John~R[/bold] wrote: I would suggest that all the homes and businesses that have disrupted and had their quality of life reduced seek compensation from the company. Keeping windows closed during the current hot weather is a recommendation that can only be made by someone who isn't trying to live downwind of the fire. SBC also need to consider whether it appropriate to allow any of the recycling sites (including their own) in urban areas to stockpile anything flammable for a period longer than is required to create a truckload that can then go for final disposal. These places seem to have an above-average risk of catching fire.[/p][/quote]Quite right Two of these places buring in the middle of residential areas in a couple of years should be sufficient warning. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 9

12:33pm Fri 25 Jul 14

AndySN3 says...

The comments from the site owner just about sum him / his business up.
What about the businesses where the owners have had sleepless nights because of loss of earnings from this idiot?? What about residents who have had sleepless nights because of hot humid smelly conditions?? This is not to mention the emergency services, etc etc, the list goes on!!
I for one (as a resident of Shrivenham Road) will be seeking claims for dirty windows, cars, clothes inconvenience etc. This bloke is a piece of work, and he needs putting out of business for good!!!
The comments from the site owner just about sum him / his business up. What about the businesses where the owners have had sleepless nights because of loss of earnings from this idiot?? What about residents who have had sleepless nights because of hot humid smelly conditions?? This is not to mention the emergency services, etc etc, the list goes on!! I for one (as a resident of Shrivenham Road) will be seeking claims for dirty windows, cars, clothes inconvenience etc. This bloke is a piece of work, and he needs putting out of business for good!!! AndySN3
  • Score: 13

2:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

AndySN3 wrote:
The comments from the site owner just about sum him / his business up.
What about the businesses where the owners have had sleepless nights because of loss of earnings from this idiot?? What about residents who have had sleepless nights because of hot humid smelly conditions?? This is not to mention the emergency services, etc etc, the list goes on!!
I for one (as a resident of Shrivenham Road) will be seeking claims for dirty windows, cars, clothes inconvenience etc. This bloke is a piece of work, and he needs putting out of business for good!!!
Maybe he needs recycling?
[quote][p][bold]AndySN3[/bold] wrote: The comments from the site owner just about sum him / his business up. What about the businesses where the owners have had sleepless nights because of loss of earnings from this idiot?? What about residents who have had sleepless nights because of hot humid smelly conditions?? This is not to mention the emergency services, etc etc, the list goes on!! I for one (as a resident of Shrivenham Road) will be seeking claims for dirty windows, cars, clothes inconvenience etc. This bloke is a piece of work, and he needs putting out of business for good!!![/p][/quote]Maybe he needs recycling? house on the hill
  • Score: 5

2:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Dickdock says...

Mr Averies,
I am vary disappointed and very tired, very disappointed that you have not taken your business very seriously, you already have a bad track record, and since the last fire you had have not implemented any safeguards, why do you store a 1000 tonnes of waste before it goose to landfill?
Perhaps you would like to explain to the residents what you are going to do differently in the future,
Very tired, because I have to sleep with the windows closed in this heat, ok I know you can't control the heat, but if you were doing your job properly then it would not have happened

Just a question
What is the cost of the fire compared to the cost of shipping all this to landfill?
Mr Averies, I am vary disappointed and very tired, very disappointed that you have not taken your business very seriously, you already have a bad track record, and since the last fire you had have not implemented any safeguards, why do you store a 1000 tonnes of waste before it goose to landfill? Perhaps you would like to explain to the residents what you are going to do differently in the future, Very tired, because I have to sleep with the windows closed in this heat, ok I know you can't control the heat, but if you were doing your job properly then it would not have happened Just a question What is the cost of the fire compared to the cost of shipping all this to landfill? Dickdock
  • Score: 6

4:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

John~R says...

Standard landfill tax is £72/ton http://www.hmrc.gov.
uk/rates/landfill-ta
x.htm plus the cost of getting it there.

So that's a starting place for a pot of compensation for those affected.
Standard landfill tax is £72/ton http://www.hmrc.gov. uk/rates/landfill-ta x.htm plus the cost of getting it there. So that's a starting place for a pot of compensation for those affected. John~R
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Waster1 says...

Landfill tax is currently £80 a tonne; it was £72 per tonne at the time of his last fire at swindon skips. The cost of £80,000 from this load plus £54,000 from the previous fire, suggests he can't afford to dispose of it. The waste has been building gradually at both sites for a good couple of years.
The EA are aware of his lack of ability to adhere to the laws-look at the history -yet they don't seem to have clamped down on him; could there be a loophole in the laws here or are they not on top of things?!
Wouldn't be surprised if they enter into administration shortly.
Anyone who has an averies skip on their drive, suggest u get it removed ASAP or u could be at risk of having to contact another skip company to remove, no doubt at additional cost!
Landfill tax is currently £80 a tonne; it was £72 per tonne at the time of his last fire at swindon skips. The cost of £80,000 from this load plus £54,000 from the previous fire, suggests he can't afford to dispose of it. The waste has been building gradually at both sites for a good couple of years. The EA are aware of his lack of ability to adhere to the laws-look at the history -yet they don't seem to have clamped down on him; could there be a loophole in the laws here or are they not on top of things?! Wouldn't be surprised if they enter into administration shortly. Anyone who has an averies skip on their drive, suggest u get it removed ASAP or u could be at risk of having to contact another skip company to remove, no doubt at additional cost! Waster1
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Fri 25 Jul 14

lilajaelyn says...

You all moan that you are suffering from the smoke. What about the people still having to work on the site in the offices?

Also it's not just Swindon this happens to! Just a few weeks ago a Shepton mallet centre was on fire. And then there is this London one:

http://www.london-fi
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kingwaste.asp#.U9LaO
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And don't forget the largest fire in London in years was in dagenham!

If this was arson will you finally blame whomever set the fire? If this was accidental there is no one to blame! If everything was so bad why didn't the EA shut Averies down when they came out?

I'm not asking you to instantly change your mind, Just think about every aspect before commenting.
You all moan that you are suffering from the smoke. What about the people still having to work on the site in the offices? Also it's not just Swindon this happens to! Just a few weeks ago a Shepton mallet centre was on fire. And then there is this London one: http://www.london-fi re.gov.uk/news/Lates tNewsReleases_Recycl ingcentrefineforstac kingwaste.asp#.U9LaO tm9LCQ And don't forget the largest fire in London in years was in dagenham! If this was arson will you finally blame whomever set the fire? If this was accidental there is no one to blame! If everything was so bad why didn't the EA shut Averies down when they came out? I'm not asking you to instantly change your mind, Just think about every aspect before commenting. lilajaelyn
  • Score: -1

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