Statement regarding fire at recycling facility

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Due to the fire at the HW Martin recycling facility this morning, we’ve put in place contingency plans so we can maintain green bin collections from Leeds residents whilst the site is out of use.

“These plans ensure that recycling will continue whilst the HW Martin site is inoperative. Residents can be assured that none of these materials will be wasted or landfilled and that recycling remains our priority.

“We are hopeful that these contingency arrangements will not impact on collections and residents should continue to put out their green bins on their normal collection day.

“We’ll be working with HW Martin to get operations back to normal as soon as possible. Pending a full assessment at the site we’re hopeful that normal service will resume Friday 2 August.”


Notes to editors:

The council sends plastics, food and drink cans, aerosols, paper and cardboard from green household bins to HW Martin for recycling.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No casualties were reported.