On 14th August at approximately 5.30pm, JWS received notice that a fire had ignited in the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). The relevant authorities were notified and attended immediately. With the assistance of JWS staff, they worked tirelessly throughout the night and morning to control the outbreak and mercifully no one was injured in the incident.
Robin Tweedale, Managing Director at JWS Waste commented:
“Due to the immediate response of the fire service and our staff, the fire has been contained to a specific area on the site. JWS Waste have focused on minimising any disruption to our customers by implementing our contingency plans and have subsequently maintained collection services and remain operational throughout.
“A thorough investigation into the cause of the blaze has already commenced and we are reassured that our rigourous health and safety processes and procedures were implemented successfully.”
We are very grateful for the JWS team in their efforts to ensure that our contingency and disaster recovery plans were implemented and they continue to work hard to ensure minimum disruption to our customers from an operational standpoint.
In addition, we are also thankful for the response of the emergency services for their efficiency, hard work, dedication and support. We have been in very safe hands with them, as each emergency service team played their part and remained on standby to ensure our MRF was secure. Our gratitude also goes out to the Salvation Army, who arrived to support everybody on site by providing food and drink.
Due to the fire damage, our MRF is currently inactive until further investigation, but the dedication of our team has been exemplary. Our office staff and fleet are still operational and alternative disposal outlets have now been secured in order to minimise the impact on our customers and continue to provide the services they require.
The team at JWS have been heartened by the response of other waste companies and local businesses for their kind words and offer of support, which has been much appreciated. Likewise, we are also thankful for the patience, understanding and support of our customers.
As health and safety is a prerogative for JWS, we will be ensuring that action is taken to determine the cause of the fire. We believe that this incident will offer JWS an opportunity to make further improvements and that we will be a stronger business for it.