Mid Devon landfill waste to be a thing of the past

Posted on: 18 December 2017

Mid Devon’s new waste transfer station is ensuring that tonnes of previously unrecyclable ‘black bag’ waste collected in the district is being converted into energy instead of going to landfill.

And by next year no residual waste collected in Mid Devon will go to landfill.

The new facility was formally opened earlier this month (Friday 8 December) by Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s (DCC) Cabinet Member with responsibility for Waste, and Cllr Clive Eginton, the Leader of Mid Devon District Council (MDDC).

The station, based at Mid Devon District Council’s (MDDC’s) waste collection and recycling depot, is the result of a partnership between DCC, the Waste Disposal Authority, and MDDC, the Waste Collection Authority.

The DCC-funded facility allows residual waste to be separated, loaded into bulk vehicles and delivered to Energy from Waste facilities where it is converted into electricity. It also allows food and garden waste to be separated so they can be recycled separately.

Before the transfer station opened most of the non-recyclable waste collected in the area went to landfill. The combined facility means that the waste can be collected and separated in cost effective, efficient and sustainable way.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Waste said: “I am delighted that MDDC and DCC are working together to deliver and operate this new facility. Cllr Andrea Davis
“Our goal is to stop all residual waste from going to landfill and instead for it to be used as fuel through energy from waste facilities.
“It’s better for the environment and better for council tax payers. I want to thank all staff from both councils who have delivered this facility and continue to be involved in its operation.”

Councillor Clive Eginton, the Leader of Mid Devon District Council, said:

“Working in partnership with DCC has been very productive for both authorities and what the public wants to see.
“We are determined to deliver a sustainable cost effective service and in the last three years we have reduced the cost of this key service by 20 per cent.”

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