Waste plant risk review

Overall about 75% of waste materials in the UK are now recycled. This figure varies, depending on the types of materials involved, ranging from 27% of plastic, through 68% of paper to 80% of glass.

It is therefore not surprising that there are large accumulations of combustible waste materials both within and outside warehouses throughout the country. These materials are vulnerable to fire and because of their nature, they are difficult to manage as incompatible items such as discarded batteries may often be present.

In this article, Adair Lewis provides an analysis of the latest figures relating to large-loss fires in waste warehouses and offers some advice to reduce the risks.

Topics covered:

• Large loss.

• Fire hazards.

• Addressing the problems.

• Fire statistics.

• Waste plant.

• Recycling.