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Siteserv Recycling Limited Statement on NRW Ruling

July 1, 2019

Siteserv Recycling Limited Statement

Please find our statement on the recent case and ruling brought against us by Natural Resources Wales.

We are extremely disappointed with today’s court ruling and subsequent fine. The fine bears no resemblance to the offence committed and the company will therefore be appealing the ruling.

To clarify:

In March 2017, a fire broke out in Hangar B at our Transfer Station in Llandow, South Wales.

At the time, we had Refuse Derived Fuel on site, in readiness for incineration (the RDF had been processed, and all recyclables had been removed). The stockpile we had on site was below the maximum tonnage allowance set by NRW and we were working with NRW to ensure our draft Fire Prevention Plan was in accordance with their necessarily strict regulations.

The case brought against the company is unrelated to the devastating fire our business and subsequently the local community suffered. NRW’s case relates solely to our pre-existing DRAFT Fire Prevention Plan. In this plan, we had internally stated that we would reduce stockpiles over a 12-month period (in line with their recommendations) however, due to the lack of incineration plants in the locality, willing to accept material, we were unable to meet our ambitious waste disposal targets. We hasten to add that we are a ‘Zero to Landfill’ company that tries to avoid sending any waste to landfill unless no other option is available.

NRW recognised that the technicality they are pursuing us for is not the cause of the 2017 fires at our Triple Crown House site and we acknowledge that the fire waste stockpiled for incineration may well have been detrimental to the speed with which the fire took hold of the hangar and its contents but in no way do we concede that this was the cause or even the source of the fire.

We are appealing the ruling.

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