Cost of fire clean-up at Swindon recycling site reaches £500,000

Firefighters work to bring the blaze under control
Image caption Large clouds of acrid smoke have blown across Swindon since the fire broke out nearly eight weeks ago

The cost of removing waste from a recycling centre in Swindon which has been on fire for nearly two months has reached £500,000, the Environment Agency has revealed.

About 3,000 tonnes of waste has been removed from the Averies site so the fire can be fully extinguished.

The clean-up cost covers the removal and depositing of the waste but not "other associated costs".

The waste is mainly non-recyclable, commercial material.

The Environment Agency said the fire caused "minor" pollution to local water courses, but said it believed it had "returned to pre-incident levels".

The body said it was currently investigating whether any offences had been committed, and confirmed the cause of the fire was being investigated by the fire service.

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