Another fire at plastics recycling plant threatened Veolia energy from waste facility


Firefighters had to ensure a Veolia Environmental Services energy from waste facility was not at risk as they tackled another fire at a plastics recycling facility in Sheffield.

The fire at Sheffield Reclaim in the Attercliffe region of the city involved around 20 tonnes of plastics and smoke from the blaze could be seen as far as Leeds.


Ten fire appliances and around fifty firefighters attended the blaze, which is believed to have occurred when nearby refuse caught fire and spread to the factory where stored plastics caught alight.

With the Veolia energy from waste facility next to the Sheffield Reclaim facility, and firefighters were nervous about the fire affecting this plant.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue incident commander Rick Rolt said: “We’re likely to be turning the plastics over and damping down for days, but we’ve just got monitor jets on the fire now so we may be able to scale back later.

“The crews have done an absolutely fantastic job. We were really worried about the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings such as Veolia.

“Then there would have been lots of potentially hazardous problems and we’d have been looking at evacuations. But the crews put some fire breaks in to stop the fire spreading, and they managed to contain it to the premise involved.”

The fire follows the recent blaze at the Jayplas plastics recycling facility in Birmingham.