The Environment Agency has suspended the environmental permit at Worksop recycling centre after a fourth fire occurred there in six months.
Retford and Worksop Fire Services were called out to the site on Shireoaks Road for the fourth time on Sunday 9th March, prompting Bassetlaw MP John Mann to demand the centre’s closure.
The fire broke out less than two weeks after a third blaze ripped through the plant for days before it was finally extinguished by firefighters.
The Environment Agency said that due to the ongoing risk of serious pollution caused by the recent fires, no waste could be legally processed on the site while the suspension was in force.
They added that the site had been issued with a compliance notice on Sunday 23rd February following the previous fire, but failed to meet the steps they were required to take in order to minimise pollution.
Sharon Palmer, environment manager, said: “Minimising the impacts of pollution to the local community and environment is our main priority.”
“The decision to suspend the environmental permit at this waste site shows that we will not hesitate to take enforcement action against operators who choose not to comply with their permit conditions and protect the local community.”
John Mann welcomed the announcement. He said: “The Environment Agency had no choice but to take decisive action to shut down the recycling centre.”
“This is the fourth fire at the site, which has created huge problems for surrounding businesses and residents.”
The Environment Agency is advising customers of Notts Recycling Ltd to make immediate alternative arrangements for the management and disposal of their waste while the company’s permit is suspended.
Directors at the recycling centre were not available for comment.