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Cartridge recycling at industrial estate to cease following explosion

October 12, 2012

Owner of industrial estate puts an end to recycling cartridges at site after factory explosion last year.

Clive Jacques, owner of the Hobbs Industrial Estate in Surrey where an explosion at the eReco recycling plant injured eight employees has said that “there will be no more recycling” at the site, adding “this industrial estate and cartridge recycling just does not mix.”

This Is Sussex reports that the explosion on 3 October 2011 was believed to have been caused by the recycling of ink cartridges at the eReco plant, although a Health and Safety probe into the cause of the explosion is “still ongoing”.

The explosion caused 150 people to be evacuated from the site, with eight employees being injured by the blast. It also led to the dispatch of 60 firefighters from three different counties to tackle the fire, as well as two air ambulances.

As a result, Jacques has asserted that “there will be no recycling of any kind in any of these units […] it is too dangerous for not only employees, but residents in the surrounding areas. Cartridge recycling should be done underwater”.

He added that the accident had “made us think long and hard about the dangers and we definitely would not want anything like this happening again […] we will never forget what happened, but we will be more vigilant in what businesses come here”.

Jacques also said that it has taken over a year to rebuild the destroyed unit, along with four other units damaged by the blast. Three businesses have moved into the new units.

Shortly after the accident, The Recycler reported an account of the explosion from one of the eight injured factory workers, who said that he feared he would be “cooked alive like a chicken” during the ordeal.

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