7 June 2021 by Robyn White

Fire crews tackle Van Werven plastics fire

Fire crews remain at the scene of a blaze at a plastics recycling plant in in Selby, North Yorkshire, operated by Dutch recycling firm Van Werven.

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the plant on Lowmoor Road at around 3am this morning (7 June).

It said crews tackled the fire overnight and at the height of the blaze, six fire engines, an aerial ladder and a high-volume pump were on the scene, with a digger being used to “dig out” the pile of plastic waste.

Firefighers were called to the scene on Lowmoor Road at around 03:00 this morning (07 June)

The incident was later scaled down, with two crews currently remaining at the scene “damping down”.

Local residents have been urged to keep windows and doors shut, but the fire service’s station manager, Tony Walker, said on Twitter: “We don’t believe it is anything to worry about.”

Crews from Selby, York, Acomb, Huntington, Harrogate, Tadcaster, Northallerton and Snaith have been at the blaze.

The fire service is liaising with the Environment Agency to “mitigate any potential damage to the environment”.

Van Werven

Van Werven UK confirmed to letsreycle.com this morning that it is currently on site liaising with the Environment Agency.

A statement is expected later.

On its website, Van Werven says the Selby site processes mixed hard plastics and monostreams. After sorting, the polyolefins are separated, washed and broken down into new raw materials for European manufacturers and producers.

All other plastics, such as PVC, ABS and PS are transported to Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands, to be recycled there.

The facility was opened in 2012, and in 2017 another washing and grinding line was installed, which the company says allowed it to supply customers with a wider range of plastics from Selby including PE, PP, PE/PP and HDPE.

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