We have had conversations with executives, operations leaders, safety teams and institutional investors and, although we gained invaluable market information, no one seemed to have access to the data we sought. If you’re reading this article and you know the answer, please share; but in lieu of a source, we attempted to figure out a way to compile the information on our own.
Initially, we looked to our friends across the pond for guidance. In the United Kindom, CFOA reported* 250 fires annually in 2015 at waste & recycling companies. The equivalent number in the US would be well over 1500 fires annually based on an extrapolation of population alone.
For the six months from Feb 2016 until July 2016, US & Canadian waste & recycling facilities have experienced 150 reported fires. This data was compiled from news articles we found by searching for the keywords fire + “transfer station”; “MRF”; “shredder”; and “recycling.” These fires ranged from small incidents to complete burnouts and occurred in all types of recycling operations including those for metals, rubber, pulp, paper, C&D, plastics, waste, wood, food, hazard materials, chemicals, fuels and more.
Keep in mind that this data only contains “reported” fires shown through Google search. We can assume based on our experience that the number of “non-reported” fires that occur on a daily basis in recycling operations across the US is significant.
This snippet is from one of the numerous articles we came across during our research and highlights the non-reporting fire issue: “From what neighbors in the area say, these fires happen almost daily and have for years. “I saw the media and I thought, that’s a surprise because this happens all the time. And I thought, ‘Why now this serious interest?” Lund said. But the fires, believe it or not, aren’t their main concern. They said that not being notified is what got their blood boiling.”** Some would suggest this is a majority, others different, but no matter your thoughts on this, every fire is one too many, especially when viewed in the light of the injuries sustained during these events.
If you are interested in learning more about the data we compiled or how the Fire Rover solution protects your employees, fire professionals, and your operations by proactively eliminating fires in your waste or recycling operations remotely before they ignite, please feel free to reach out directly through LinkedIn or at www.firerover.com.
* While CFOA’s figures show the overall trend of waste fires over the last 10 years has remained consistent at around 250 incidents per year, it highlights the fact that more recently “there have seen a number of large-scale protracted incidents that have caused significant disruption to the fire service and local community. The cost to fire and rescue services is estimated to be in the region of £16 million a year.” (http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/fire-officers-welcome-fire-tests/)
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