Plastics recycling plant burns in Ohio

Heavy flames and smoke reported at four-alarm fire at Phoenix Recycling facility in Columbus.

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May 4, 2015
Municipal / IC&I Plastics
A fire at Phoenix Recycling Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, was reportedly battled by fire fighters throughout the night of May 1, 2015, and smoldered into the weekend.
 
Phoenix Recycling is a plastics recycling firm that on its website says it has been recycling several varieties of plastic for more than 30 years.
 
A news report from Channel 6 TV in Columbus says “what started as a two-alarm fire about 3 p.m. [Friday, May 1] in a pallet storage area next to the Phoenix Recycling plant soon escalated to a four-alarm [blaze] that called on resources from about half of the Columbus Division of Fire.”
 
There were no reports of injuries from the fire, although nearby residents were advised to temporarily vacate the neighborhood until the flames and smoke could be extinguished. Some firefighters described the blaze to Channel 6 as “the biggest fire they’ve ever faced.”
 
A slideshow of photographs taken at the fire scene can be found on the Channel 6 website here
 
Phoenix Recycling describes itself on its website as a processor of plastic scrap with “an outstanding grinding operation” capable of providing “simple or complex toll grinding” for customers.
 
The company says it is capable of processing “ABS (crylonitrile butadiene styrene), polycarbonate, HIPS (high-impact polystyrene), GPPS (general purpose polystyrene), polypropylene, HDPE (high-density polyethylene), LDPE (low-density polyethylene), PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), nylon PA6 (polyamide 6), PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and various other plastics.”