Emergency services are on-site containing a blaze at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre in Wyrallah Road.
Lismore City council sent out a media release early this morning as a warning to residents who live near the facility, asking locals to stay indoors today as a fire that was discovered in the early hours of this morning, continues to burn.
The fire is burning in green waste piles and the Materials Recovery Facility where plastics are processed.
Smoke could potentially be harmful to people with respiratory or lung problems, and residents within the area that can smell or see smoke are urged to stay indoors with windows and doors closed or use a respirator if going outside.
Residents should turn off heating and cooling systems if these draw air from outside.
The current windy conditions are causing the smoke to be blown in an easterly direction at present. People with pre-existing health problems, heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
People with asthma who can see or smell smoke can collect free respirators at the Bunnings trade desk by showing ID with a residential address within or around Lismore.
Community members are advised to avoid the area if possible.
Fire crews are working to contain the blaze within the Materials Recovery Facility immediately. Fire crews have advised that the fire could smoulder for up to a week within the green waste piles.
The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre is closed until further notice.
Council says they will provide an update at 9am on Monday, 12 August or as the situation changes.