The fire completely engulfed the 100 metre by 50 metre industrial complex, about seven kilometres east of the Shepparton CBD, and was so fierce that by 8pm CFA crews were yet to get inside to determine what was burning.
A ‘watch and act’ alert was issued to residents of Congupna, Grahamvale, Lemnos, Pine Lodge, Shepparton East shortly after the fire started.
“People should close their doors and windows, go indoors, turn off cooling systems and avoid the area if possible,” Mr Harris said.
He said there were more than 20 CFA resources on the scene, including tankers, aerial pumpers and hazmat teams.
Veolia took over Shepparton’s waste collection operations in July. In a press release announcing the move, the company said its services included residential, commercial and organic waste collection, recycling and scrap metal.
In 2017, a fire at the Coolaroo plant of now defunct recycling giant SKM burnt for two days and forced residents to flee their properties.
More than 200 of them joined a class action and in October won about $2000 each as part of $1.2 million settlement.