DENBIGHSHIRE County Council has paid tribute to its partners in the waste sector for their support in dealing with the aftermath of a fire at the waste transfer facility in Ruthin.

A fire broke out at the site on Lon Parcwr, Ruthin on March 31, with damage caused to a section of the roof and the side cladding of the building. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Council’s teams worked tirelessly with fire and rescue staff to make sure the fire and contamination was fully contained

The site is used as a transfer site for all residual waste collected from the south of the county. Immediate plans were put in place to respond to the fire, with waste and recycling teams putting contingency plans in place, including arrangements for residual waste to be transported to alternative locations until the site can operate.

The Council has now thanked its various partners for their prompt response and co-operation.

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “I would like to pay tribute to our colleagues in CAD, Thorncliffe’s of Abergele, Biogen, Hogans, LWT Wheelabrator at Parc Adfer and local haulier Eddie Stevens for putting plans in place to assist the Council in its hour of need.

“It’s great to see how the waste sector has pulled together to assist the Council over recent days. We have strong working relationship with our partners in the waste community in North Wales and our partners provided instant support, co-operation and flexibility to help the Council respond to a very challenging position. This meant that we were able to continue to offer services to the people of Denbighshire and we thank them for that.

“I would also like to thank the teams that have worked tirelessly to respond to the fire, working with colleagues from the fire and rescue service to contain the blaze and minimise the damage.

“Other teams also worked swiftly to put contingency plans in place, arranging alternative locations for waste to be transferred, making arrangements to carry the food waste to the north of the county, as well as dealing with all the necessary paperwork.

“What I was most delighted about was the fact that teams pulled together to ensure that all kerbside collections continued as normal on that day and throughout the rest of the week. That shows commitment and dedication and I must thank them for pulling out all the stops to respond in not only dealing with the fire, but with the on-going magnitude of challenges created by covid-19. It really has been a testing time and my heartfelt thanks go out to every single member of the team”.