Waste4Fuel plant must pay £8,960 after stacking flammable materials '12 times in excess of size legally allowed'

News Shopper: Fire fighters attend the Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul's Cray Fire fighters attend the Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul's Cray

The Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul’s Cray has been fined the maximum amount after it was prosecuted by London Fire Brigade for stacking flammable materials 12 times in excess of the size legally allowed.

On Thursday at Bromley Magistrates’ Court the company pleaded guilty to maintaining a stack of flammable material larger than the size allowed without the permission of the fire authority.

It was fined the maximum of £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,860 plus a £100 victim surcharge - a total of £8,960.

The case followed a fire in the waste stack on March 18 last year - at the time the stack was estimated to contain around 6,000 tonnes of material.

Fire safety officers visited the site after the fire and notified the owners the waste stack was so large they would need consent for it under the Greater London Council (General Powers Acts).

The company applied to London Fire Brigade for permission but this was refused on the grounds the size of the stack posed a high fire risk and its size would make firefighting difficult.

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Due to concern that, despite warnings from the brigade, the size of the waste stack wasn’t being reduced a survey was then carried out to establish its size.

Stacks larger than 48,000 cubic feet usually require legal permission and the stack of materials on the Waste4Fuel site was found to be 573,475 cubic feet - around 12 times that size.

The brigade has been called out to the centre 12 times in the past year, with the latest fire at the site in Cornwall Drive breaking out on Monday.

The company is already subject to a High Court injunction obtained by the Environment Agency requiring it to remove all combustible waste by May 1.

London Fire Brigade’s deputy head of fire safety regulation Mark Andrews said: "While we welcome this conviction we are fully aware that there has been a history of problems at the Waste4Fuel site on Cornwall Drive, with firefighters being called out to attend 12 incidents there in the last year alone.

"This causes considerable distress and disruption to people in the area, as well as placing an on-going drain on our resources, and we are continuing to work with the Environment Agency to resolve the problem once and for all."

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12:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

kentlad says...

£8,960????????? REALLY!!!!

Waste4Fuel are laughing their socks off at this fine just a small percentage of what they make charging their customers to take it away.
£8,960????????? REALLY!!!! Waste4Fuel are laughing their socks off at this fine just a small percentage of what they make charging their customers to take it away. kentlad
  • Score: 11

12:41pm Fri 28 Feb 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Nobody could hang around after the case as they were all due back at the site to deal with the latest fire !

Local MP's and councillors - you are going to lose your jobs over this fiasco.
Nobody could hang around after the case as they were all due back at the site to deal with the latest fire ! Local MP's and councillors - you are going to lose your jobs over this fiasco. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Eagles_Man says...

£1,000 is the maximum? Couldn't it have been referred up to a higher court for a stiffer sentence?
£1,000 is the maximum? Couldn't it have been referred up to a higher court for a stiffer sentence? Eagles_Man
  • Score: 6

9:26pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Is it legal to form a Public Picket Line outside the place? Someone somewhere is getting bunged cash for this for sure - SHAME

I drove past the place the other day and it looked like there was a second ski-slope in the area; it's getting bigger.
Is it legal to form a Public Picket Line outside the place? Someone somewhere is getting bunged cash for this for sure - SHAME I drove past the place the other day and it looked like there was a second ski-slope in the area; it's getting bigger. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Slonik says...

Local councillors don't impose the fines or make/enforce the relevant laws so what on Earth have they got to do with this? It seems to me they've done all they can and the Environment Agency ought to be pursuing this matter with far more vigour than they are.
Local councillors don't impose the fines or make/enforce the relevant laws so what on Earth have they got to do with this? It seems to me they've done all they can and the Environment Agency ought to be pursuing this matter with far more vigour than they are. Slonik
  • Score: 1

11:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14

frankie21 says...

And just to let you all know it's on fire again, was smoking this morning at 7am and now there is a lot of smoke this evening and a considerable smell of burning waste in the vicinity of foots cray.
And just to let you all know it's on fire again, was smoking this morning at 7am and now there is a lot of smoke this evening and a considerable smell of burning waste in the vicinity of foots cray. frankie21
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

tedbaker says...

what another joke the wide boy of waste 4fuel has gone missing with all the money to Spain and sold the company to a front woman for 1pound so she can carry on with the crocked dealings with back handers going out to the E.A.what a load of rubbish ha.ha. the dump stinks to high heaven but they cant smell a thing shows you what a few quid will do. don't forget the meeting at Kemnal scool Tuesday 4th 11am to 8pm better tocome after 6pm let your voice be heard
what another joke the wide boy of waste 4fuel has gone missing with all the money to Spain and sold the company to a front woman for 1pound so she can carry on with the crocked dealings with back handers going out to the E.A.what a load of rubbish ha.ha. the dump stinks to high heaven but they cant smell a thing shows you what a few quid will do. don't forget the meeting at Kemnal scool Tuesday 4th 11am to 8pm better tocome after 6pm let your voice be heard tedbaker
  • Score: 0

8:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

molsey says...

Prosecuting and fining the company is no good, it will never pay, it's the directors they should have gone after. When will the EA, Fire Brigade, Council ever learn.
Prosecuting and fining the company is no good, it will never pay, it's the directors they should have gone after. When will the EA, Fire Brigade, Council ever learn. molsey
  • Score: 0

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