Ivybridge’s new state-of-the-art recycling centre opens

Posted on: 2 March 2017

The chairman of Devon County Council (DCC) officially opened Ivybridge’s new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Wednesday, a facility which could set the standard throughout the country.

At just after 11am on Wednesday 1 March 2017,  Councillor Andrew Moulding cut the ribbon and the gates to the Ermington Road facility were opened  to waiting members of the public for the first time.

Cllr Moulding was joined by Cllr Roger Croad, DCC’s member for Ivybridge and Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, and Cllr Richard Hosking, DCC’s member for Yealmpton.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of Ivybridge, Cllr David Gray-Taylor, and Cllr Rufus Gilbert, who is DCC’s councillor for Thurlestone, Salcombe & Allington and South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Commercial Services.

Other guests included South Hams’ District Council’s two ward members for Ivybridge West, Cllr Michael Saltern and Cllr David May and employees of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, who will operate  the site on the council’s behalf.

The new design allows for waste containers to be changed over without the need to temporarily close the site, which had caused delays at the previous facility.

The new site’s modern split level design will make it easier for householders to access the waste containers. The containers are at a lower level, so there won’t be any steps to climb.

In addition a dedicated sales building and yard area, where reusable items can be purchased, has been added.

Chairman of Devon County Council Councillor Andrew Moulding said:

Cllr Andrew Moulding

“Today’s ceremony marks the end of the construction works and the start of recycling operations in this fantastic new recycling facility.

“This facility will serve householders over a wide area around Ivybridge, an area which is growing, and provides local people with a top quality facility.

“I hope this facility encourages more people in the area to recycle and combined with the new waste to energy plant in Devonport will mean that no waste will be going to landfill.

“I know this facility will encourage recycling in the area and as a result I think recycling, recovery and re-use rates are going to boom.”

Cllr Roger Croad, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said:

“I have no doubt that this facility will become a model of excellence both in Devon and nationally.

“It will handle over 5,000 tonnes of waste a year and 80 per cent of that waste will be recovered or recycled.

“The design includes a dedicated sales area, which I predict will prove very popular with the public, and the steps leading to the containers have been removed.

“Householders will be able to deposit their waste directly into the skips away from HGV’s, making for a faster, safer and more efficient operation.

“I hope local residents are proud of this great facility and that they recycle and recover as much as possible.

“My late predecessor Ted Mitchell wanted three things for Ivybridge; a new library, which we have, to eliminate landfill, which we have done in this area, and finally, a new recycling centre. Well Ted, here it is.”

Councillor Richard Hosking, DCC’s member for Yealmpton, said:

Cllr Richard Hosking

“This much needed facility will benefit the residents of the Yealmpton Division as well as the new homes being built in Ivybridge. The scheme has been completed on time and on budget and I want to thank both Noel Regan & Sons our hosts this morning who are in charge of construction and the supervising DCC Engineering Design Group.”

1 comment on “Ivybridge’s new state-of-the-art recycling centre opens

  1. R Chalmers says:

    Visited this morning not knowing about the refurbishment and was taken aback by the quality of the site. Clear, simple to use. If this doesn’t encourage people to recycle then not sure what will

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