3,000 tonnes of rubbish on fire at recycling centre

RESIDENTS living close to a recycling centre are being warned to keep windows and doors shut as around 3,000 tonnes of rubbish burns at the site.

The blaze at the centre in Homefield Road, Haverhill, was reported to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at 9.36am as members of the public spotted smoke billowing from the centre.

Two fire crews from Wethersfield in Essex and Newmarket are at the scene tackling the flames along with a turntable ladder and support pump from Bury St Edmunds and a command unit and support pump from Ixworth.

A spokesman for the brigade said the blaze has taken hold of 3,000 tonnes of recycling at the single storey centre.

He said the centre is not a public recycling site but is owned by Suffolk County Council’s waste contractor Waste Recycling Group.