Fire Sprinkler Systems Aren’t Enough to Stop a Fire

Dear Waste Professional,

Fires are a problem in the waste industry. Between June of 2017 and May of 2018, there were 368 reported fire incidents in waste and recycling facilities in the United States and Canada.  That’s more than one a day! With reasonable assumptions, we believe there are six times that amount of fire incidents occurring in waste facilities annually.

According to Jim Olson, SVP of Safety at Republic Services, we are at the point where it’s not if there will be a fire incident, but just a matter of when. This is largely due to the nature of the composition of the collected waste and other combined materials at a waste processing facility. It is imperative that we properly train our employees and the residents who visit our facilities to drop items off. Training and communication can help to reduce additional fire risk in the future.

When you read this white paper, you will:

  • Learn about the biggest threat of an increase in fires in the waste stream
  • Discover the many advantages of combinational solutions and their many benefits
  • Find out about inherent limitations in sprinkler system designs and how they might not help in real-world waste sorting facilities until it’s too late

If these questions intrigue you—if there’s anything in waste stream fire suppression you think you still have to learn—download this FREE white paper now, before your attention turns to other matters. 

Learn how waste managers are dealing with the issues of fire suppression and employing a combinational approach to protection—one that converts the fire situation from playing defense late in the game to going on offense and taking the game downfield for the win.


Forester Media,

Publishers of MSW Management

P.S. This white paper is exclusive to MSW Management readers.