Universal Recycling (Kilnhurst, Rotherham) - Information page

Closed 30 Jun 2019

Opened 5 Jul 2018


Our role is to protect and improve the environment so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a clean, safe and healthy place to live, work and play. We are responsible for granting or refusing environmental permits and regulating sites that deal with waste.

Waste recycling sites should be operated in a way that minimises their impact on the environment and the local community. We check that site operators comply with the conditions of the environmental permit granted to them to operate the site.

Update - Site fire at Universal Recycling Ltd, 7 March 2019

The Environment Agency is continuing to support the emergency services in response to a fire at the Universal Recycling site at Wharf Road, Rotherham, since the incident began on Sunday 3 March 2019.

The fire was contained quickly and was out before our team left the site on Sunday afternoon.

People who live nearby were advised to keep their windows and doors shut due to smoke in the area.

Our response

We have been working closely with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (SYFRS), Public Health England (PHE) and our Environment Agency contaminated land and waste fire experts to investigate the cause of the fire and continue to assess the environmental impact. Our regulatory officers have been on site daily since the fire on Sunday.

We do not have any evidence of impact to the canal and all firewater was contained onsite. This has now been removed and disposed of correctly.

We are awaiting the outcomes of the investigations carried out by SYFRS, PHE and our internal experts and will provide a further update once we have received all of this information.

Our Regulatory Role

We regulate sites permitted under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. More information on the regulations can be found on Gov.Uk.


London Wiper Company Ltd (trading as Universal Recycling Company), is permitted to operate as a recycling site in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.  The site is permitted to accept and process waste metal and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for the purposes of recycling and recovery. The site has held a permit since March 1997 which was transferred to the current operator in March 2004.

We continue to inspect the site frequently to ensure operator compliance with the conditions of their environmental permit. We are advising the operator on how to make further improvements to site operations including implementing additional measures aimed at minimising both noise and dust pollution. As well as the recent dust measures the site has recently implemented some additional noise attenuation measures and we are monitoring the ongoing effectiveness of these.

We have attached below a statement of our regulatory action to date, which can be downloaded.

If you are experiencing pollution arising from inside the boundary of the site, particularly excessive noise, dust or waste piles please report it immediately to our free incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

We cannot respond in person to every report, but providing it is timely and accurate, the record of the pollution is useful to us.

Our regulatory powers are restricted to the activity itself.  We have no powers regarding planning conditions (which were granted by the Local Planning Authority) such as the regulation of traffic to and from the site and any associated disturbance. Such matters are the remit of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

As such we cannot take account of:-

  • Issues beyond those in the relevant environmental regulations
  • Anything outside the remit of the Environmental Permitting Regulations, e.g. the location of the site, which is done by the local authority via land use planning
  • Whether the activity should be allowed or not as a matter of principle
  • The impact of noise and odour from traffic travelling to and from the site

We cannot deviate from the legally defined process we follow to regulate a permit.

Mouldings Solutions Ltd
Mouldings Solutions Ltd currently lease part of the site from Univeral Recycling, and operate a recycling business. 

More information can be found on their information page link below.


  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils


  • Environmental permitting