The new owner of the former Brickkiln yard says it only acquired the site hours before a fire engulfed the premises but said it recognised the potential fire risk of having such a large quantity of waste on site prior to completing the transaction.
“RiverRidge completed the acquisition of the Brickkiln yard late yesterday evening (Tuesday) from the bank appointed administrator and assumed management responsibility this morning,” a spokesperson for the company confirmed.
The waste firm says it’s still too early to assess the extent and cost of the incident.
The firm continued: “RRR recognised the potential fire risk of having such a large quantity of waste on site prior to completing the transaction.
“A site remediation programme was agreed with NIEA as part of the company’s obligations in assuming control of the site. This involved first and foremost the removal of all residual waste on site.
“There is still a large tonnage of waste on the site which was not in the building affected by the fire and RRR has received permission from the NIEA to start removing the remaining waste from the site as soon as the health and safety situation allows.
“RRR is an established waste management company that operates three other similar sites. The company has an impeccable health and safety and site management record.
“The company operates under strict and rigid quality and regulatory directives and this unfortunate event is in no way due to operating activities attributable to RRR.”
RiverRidge says that as well as cleaning up the mess caused by the fire it will now also work to build up a relationship with the local community in Maydown and Strathfoyle.
“The company is working closely with Environment Health officers from the Derry and Strabane Council, the NIEA and the Fire Service to ensure that any impact on the community and environment are monitored and managed as and when they arise.
“This is a deeply unfortunate situation for a community which already has concerns about the industrial area that borders them and RRR is intent on firstly ensuring that the disruption to the Strathfoyle community from the fire is minimised and that long term the site is operated in a professional and responsible manner such that a similar event never happens again,” the company said.