Fire crews again praise James Waste staff for reaction to blaze

Staff at Essex-based waste management company James Waste Management have again been praised by the local fire department over their “swift action” which prevented a fire from spreading. 

The fire service said action from staff prevented the fire from destroying the entire warehouse (picture: Essex Fire and Rescue Service)

Last week (4 January) two fire crews from Essex County Fire Rescue Service were called to a fire at around 21:18 at the James Waste Management recycling centre on Brickfields Way.

When they arrived, the fire service said on-site staff used an excavator and a bulldozer to move and turn over the material on fire to make sure it was fully extinguished, the fire service said.

Crews left the scene shortly after midnight.

Station manager Howard Midwood said: “I’d like to praise site staff for taking swift action when they noticed the fire and our crews for their response.

“They stopped the fire from spreading to the entire warehouse; in the end only 3 or 4% of the waste was affected.”

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

James Waste Management says it is one of the largest general waste recyclers in south-east England.


In April 2022, staff at James Waste were also praised for their response to a fire at a site in Rochford (see letsrecycle.com story).

Here, the fire service said staff remained on-site throughout the evening to help crews put out the fire, which saw around 150 tonnes of waste alight.

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