CONCERNS have been raised about the environmental impact of fires at recycling and waste facilities, following a major blaze in Cork over the weekend.
It took close to a dozen units of Cork City and County fire brigades, drawn from Cork city, Ballincollig, Fermoy and Midleton, to bring the fire at the recycling plant in Sarsfield Court Industrial Estate under control.
The alarm was raised shortly before midnight on Friday and fire personnel were still working at the scene past noon on Saturday, damping down and making the area safe before the cleanup operation could begin.
Workers’ Party councillor Ted Tynan said more needed to be done to ensure recycling centres were made safe.
“The problem is not just confined to Ireland and there were more than 300 such fires in the UK last year with many more in the United States,” Mr Tynan added.
“Clearly more needs to be done and unless recycling centres can be made safe then a question mark must remain over their future.”
He said that while waste recycling was an essential part of an urgent response to climate change, these centres must not themselves become part of the problem.