Stanton-by-Dale fire: recycling plant firm evicted

Fire at Stanton recycling plant
Image caption The plant is still smouldering more than a month after the fire broke out

A Derbyshire recycling firm has been evicted following a fire which has been burning for more than a month.

About 8,000 tonnes of wood and waste have been ablaze at a plant in Stanton-by-Dale since 15 September.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but the site's owner, Saint-Gobain PAM, said it had now terminated the lease of Arcwood Recycling.

It added it was working with the fire service to allow the blaze to slowly burn out by itself.

The fire-fighting operation led to between 500-1,000 fish dying after contaminated water run-off entered the nearby Erewash Canal.

But Mark Haslam, from the Environment Agency, said there was unlikely to be any long-term harm to the canal.

Arcwood Recycling did not comment but is now leaving the site.

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