Waste4Fuel site catches fire for 11th time since March

PUBLISHED: 09:32 06 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:39 06 December 2013

Waste4Fuel, in Cornwall Drive, has seen 11 fires in the past eight months.

Waste4Fuel, in Cornwall Drive, has seen 11 fires in the past eight months.


The Waste4Fuel recycling plant, in St Paul’s Cray, is ablaze for the 11th time since March.

Firefighters were called to the site, in Cornwall Drive, at around 7.30am to battle the flames in a section of the estimated 5,000 tonnes of waste at the plant.

Last month, Waste4Fuel director Bryan Hughes was ordered to have the site clear of combustible waste by the end of April at the High Court.

Orpington MP Jo Johnson called for swift action from the Environment Agency to deal with the “incessant headache” caused by the steady stream of fires.

At the end of November, he said: “I urge the Environment Agency to redouble its efforts and put an end to this incessant headache for the local community.

“It is essential that it concludes without delay its research into whether any of the waste is hazardous so as to reassure residents they and their families are safe.

“I welcome the High Court Order against Waste4Fuel Ltd and its director, Bryan Hughes, requiring the removal of all combustible waste by May 1, 2014, and I will continue to work closely with the Environment A to ensure he complies immediately and in full.”

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