Waste Management Facility Fires

FOI Number: 22143

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Published on 15 February 2023

Ref: FOI/22143 


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 


Statistics on the number of fires your fire service has attended at recycling centres, scrapyards, landfills, and any other waste management facilities since 1st January 2022. If possible, please also highlight any incidents where other regional fire services have been brought in to assist in putting out these fires – this is not completely necessary, but will help us to build a more accurate picture of this year’s waste fire incidents. 


The requested number is 38. 

That includes searching for any fire at the following property types: ‘Recycling centre’, ‘Scrap yard (metal and cars)’, ‘Landfill site’, ‘Storage building or warehouse – Waste’, ‘Scrap metal merchant’, ‘Vehicle breaker’, ‘Clearance or salvage dealer’, ‘Recycling, reclamation or disposal’, ‘Waste paper merchant’, ‘Other type of recycling service’. 

None of these incidents had anyone from other Fire and Rescue Services attending. 

Please note: This number may change due to outstanding workbooks. We haven’t received the data for this month, so the figures shown are from 1st January 2022 up to 30th November 2022. 

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