Reference: FOI 034/23

Refuse vehicle, waste, and recycling centre fires

Received 10 March 2023


Under Freedom of Information, I would be grateful if you could assist with the following enquiry. We are interested in the number of fires in refuse vehicles and at waste and recycling centres. I appreciate you may not have a specific code for this, and if not, it would be great if you could use a free text search for any terms you might think would capture this (e.g. waste centre, recycling centre, rubbish truck, refuse vehicle). It would be great to have the data split by waste facilities and refuse vehicles, and broken down by the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.


Please find below the information as requested.

Please be aware that this data was gathered using a free text search on the control logs and by using the key words suggested. There may be missing records if the person recording the detail has used a different wording or has a spelling error.

Year Total
2020 10
Commercial refuse bin 1
Recycling centre 8
Refuse vehicle 1
2021 8
Recycling centre 6
Refuse vehicle 2
2022 2
Refuse site 2
Grand Total 20