Household waste site reopens after blaze inside recycling building is put out by firefighters

A tip will reopen to visitors today after a building fire which was expected to burn for days to come was put out by firefighters.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:27 am

It had been holding non-hazardous waste which had been collected from recycling centres during the weekend and the blaze was expected to burn for days.

The service, which was on the scene within 10 minutes, remained on site yesterday with its high volume pumping unit, with the incident sending up plumes of smoke, which could be seen for miles.

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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service shared this photo of its firefighters at the scene of the blaze.

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However, Gateshead Council, which runs the site for its residents and those from Wearside, has said it has now reopened to visitors today, Tuesday, March 2, after the fire was put out late yesterday.

Suez, which operates the facility, worked alongside the service, Gateshead Council, Sunderland City Council, the fire service and the Environment Agency to manage the incident.

The company also apologised for the disruption to its neighbours and the local community, with an investigation now to be carried out to find the cause of the fire.

Sunderland City Council had asked people to use Beach Street Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Deptford while the fire was ongoing.

Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, appointments must be made to visit the site, with details available via https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/household-waste-centres.

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