Saturday, July 20, 2024

Fire at waste recycling site in Basildon

Update Monday 9am 

The fire was started accidentally from hot work from machinery on site.

Firefighters are currently tackling a fire affecting a large pile of rubbish in Burnt Mills Industrial Estate, Basildon. 

It is a large pile of household waste, approximately 10m by 5m high which is on fire. If you are in the nearby area please keep all your windows and doors shut. 

Incident Commander Steve Kirkham said: “Crews have done a great job at surrounding the fire, which is now under control. Firefighters are working with the site staff to pick apart the rubbish using machinery on site. 

“We are likely to remain here until the early evening to extinguish the fire.”


  1. This is another reason not to allow the proposed incinerator in this area, if proper precautions were in place and a daily updated risk assessment in place. This is careless stupidity, what is in the burning waste recycled plastic giving off toxic fumes


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