Llandow recycling plant update


Updated 02 September 2015

A fire at a recycling plant at the Llandow Industrial Estate is being monitored by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS), with the operation set to be scaled down over the coming week.


Update: Thursday 03 September

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that the fire at the Llandow Trading Estate has been put out and officers have left the area. There are no plans to re-inspect the site at this time.


Natural Resources Wales are continuing to work to prevent any pollution of local water courses, and a tanker is currently on site collecting any run-off water from the area.

Public Health Wales is advising people to minimise their exposure to smoke by keeping doors and windows closed and turning any ventilation systems off. Those with asthma and other respiratory conditions as well as heart complaints may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication, such as their inhalers, as usual.

Neil Davies, Incident Commander for SWFRS, said: “The incident is still ongoing and SWFRS currently have three appliances, four special appliances and 25 Firefighters on scene. Heavy plant machinery has now arrived on site and good progress is being made in demolishing the unsafe structure, fire crews are currently working alongside onsite staff to spread out and dampen down the remaining waste to completely extinguish the fire.

“SWRFS is also working alongside Natural Resources Wales to limit firefighting water run-off and prevent it from entering local water courses. SWFRS resources will be scaled down throughout the week but are likely to remain on site until Friday.”

There are no ongoing travel restrictions in place in the area, though the site remains closed to vehicles to allow SWFRS to continue their operations.

Bill Purvis, Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “Fires such as this can have a serious effect on the environment.

“Our main concern at the moment is making sure that the water that’s used to fight the fire doesn’t pollute local streams and rivers and we work with our professional partners to make sure that it is contained on site as much as possible.

“We are investigating reports that a small stream in the area may have been affected but there have been no reports of any fish being killed and we’ll continue to work onsite to protect the local environment for as long as is necessary.”

A spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency Wales, said: “The public need not be overly concerned about contamination arising from smoke on crops being grown in this area.  Where possible, normal preparation for crops following harvest, such as removal of outer leaves and thorough washing of crops to remove any residual soil or dust from the surface would minimise any possible contamination from the smoke.”

Following an investigation, the probable cause of the fire appears at this stage to have been accidental.