Wath recycling firm has licence suspended over potential fire risk

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A recycling firm has been ordered to stop taking in waste because the site poses a fire risk.

The Environment Agency suspended the environmental permit of Shaws Waste Recycling Ltd following an inspection of its site in Derwent Way, Wath.

They found waste was stored in large piles with inadequate fire breaks and safety controls.

Inspectors said a fire could cause significant pollution and disruption to the community as the site is close to housing, the Dearne Valley Parkway and the Old Moor Wetlands Centre nature reserve.

The firm is now banned from accepting waste until it takes steps to introduce more safety measures.

Fran Lowe, area environment manager for the Environment Agency, said the organisation had no option but to take action.

: “It is vital that operators like Shaws comply with their permit conditions and take steps to ensure that their business does not pose a risk of harm to the environment or local communities.

“As a regulator of the waste industry we work with companies to help them meet their environmental obligations.

“But when repeated breaches are seen, we will take enforcement action.

“Customers of Shaws must make alternative arrangements for the management and disposal of their waste while the company’s permit is suspended.”

Inspectors had visited the site on previous occasions and warned bosses to improve fire management systems. The permit was suspended because of a lack of action to improve procedures.

A spokesman for Shaws vowed to improve procedures but did not want to make any further comment.