Exmouth’s recycling centre evacuated after chemical ‘dumped’

PUBLISHED: 15:27 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:57 25 April 2018

Exmouth Recycling Centre entrance. Picture: Google

Exmouth Recycling Centre entrance. Picture: Google

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Exmouth’s recycling centre has been evacuated after a chemical was dumped on the site this afternoon.

It had been reported that a chemical leak had forced the centre to be closed this afternoon (Wednesday, April 25).

Devon County Council, which runs the facility in Salterton Road, has confirmed that people have had to be removed from the site ‘for the safety of the public and our site staff’.

A council spokesman said: “We have evacuated the recycling centre to enable fire crews to deal with a chemical which has been dumped in the main bay at the centre.

“The chemical could have been safely deposited in the site chemical store rather than irresponsibly causing this emergency.

“We would like to remind users of our recycling centres that if they have unusual or potentially hazardous waste, they need to tell a member of staff.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called out at around 1.55pm after reports of a chemical spill.

Two fire appliances from Exmouth, a hazardous material officer and an environmental protection unit were mobilised.

Crews got to work with two breathing apparatus to identify the unknown substance.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “The crew successfully identified the substance and began to dilute the chemical with copious amounts of water into onsite interceptor drains following instruction from the Hazardous Material officer.”

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