WORKERS at a recycling plant tackled a fire which broke out in a compost heap on Monday night.

Yorwaste's Harewood Whin site reported the fire started on Monday evening but it will take staff days to extinguish the blaze by breaking up the farming ingredient to prevent it from spreading.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene but are satisfied it is safe.

A spokesman for the company said: "On the advice of the fire brigade, who have visited the site, we are allowing the fire to burn itself out naturally, but whilst this is happening, and because of the natural composting process, it is causing steam to rise into the air.

"Yorwaste staff are currently on site removing the compost to help speed up the process, although it is likely to take a few days. We will be remaining in regular touch with the fire brigade whilst this is ongoing.

"There is absolutely no risk to the public but we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."