Wasteserv CEO Tonio Montebello said that the massive fire which engulfed the Magħtab landfill started in an area where approximately 30,000 tonnes or Refuse derived fuel are stored. He said that it is as yet unclear how much of the refuse was burnt and the detritus is being sent to the Sant’ Antnin recycling plant in Marsascala. It is as yet unclear how the fire started.
Montebello said that the refuse was being stored since Wasteserv had to re-apply for a waste export permit and the process had dragged on for eight months. He said that the material always carried a high risk of spontaneous combustion.
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