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Incident at Dimmer Landfill Restoration, Somerset

Viridor confirms that the surface fire at Dimmer Landfill Restoration site, Somerset, UK, has been contained.

The fire and rescue services will continue working overnight with Viridor staff to extinguish the fire.  An incident review meeting will take place early Monday 29 June to determine any further fire-fighting resources required.  Additional equipment is being mobilised by Viridor to enable soil smothering.

This contained incident occurred in a landfill cell currently used for the reception of waste.  With the site managing non-hazardous domestic and trade waste, there is no risk to public health.  As with any fire those affected by the smoke are advised to keep windows and doors closed.

Tomorrow (Monday) incoming waste to the site will be diverted to other local disposal and transfer sites, including Walpole, near Bridgwater and Broadpath, Devon.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Dimmer was open as normal today.   It is anticipated that the HWRC will be open tomorrow as usual but may face disruption.  An incident review meeting will be held in the morning to confirm whether adjacent services such as composting facilities will be open.

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