— Waste Pro Recycling is suspending its efforts to recycle a large chunk of its waste into a new recycling facility in the city after a fire ripped through a storage facility that stores large amounts of recyclables.
A fire at the Birmingham Waste Pro recycling facility broke out Monday morning, according to officials with the Alabama Department of Environmental Quality.
The department said the facility was fully operational.
It is the second such fire in Birmingham this year, following an explosion at a storage unit on June 2.
The fire destroyed the building and forced the evacuation of surrounding buildings.
Firefighters were able to safely return to the building after firefighters were able put out the fire.
The agency said the fire destroyed about 30,000 gallons of water and about 500,000 cubic yards of recycler waste, but that the bulk of the debris was not recovered.
The Birmingham fire is one of several major fires to hit the city this year.
Firefighters have been battling fires in the surrounding area in recent weeks, including one that destroyed the Alabama Science Center in Birmingham on May 3.