Disposing of Devon’s waste is a large scale operation that involves Devon County Council, District Councils and commercial partners working together to collect and dispose of nearly 200,000 tonnes of ‘residual’ refuse (waste left over after reduction, reuse, recycling and composting activities have taken place) from households across the county, every year. Currently, this refuse is primarily sent to landfill sites within Devon.
Devon County Council has been working with District Councils across the county to increase domestic recycling levels, and raise public awareness about the need to recycle. It has achieved a 55% recycling rate in 2010/2011, making it the best performing County in England! The success of the waste management strategy has been achieved through the help of the people of Devon and significant investment by the Council and partners into waste management systems.
However, the European Union Landfill Directive has set decreasing annual landfill targets for local authorities and will impose national fines for each tonne of waste that is landfilled above those limits. In addition to the environmental impact that landfilling waste has, the significant disincentive to landfill waste is the landfill tax. Currently at £56 per tonne, the tax will increase to £80 by 2013.
Devon cannot meet its landfill targets through recycling alone. To avoid financial penalties, which could impact on council tax, as well as to address environmental concerns, new ways to deal with waste are needed.
Devon County Council’s waste disposal contractor, Viridor Waste Management Ltd, were granted planning permission in 2007 for an Energy from Waste Facility on the site of the former incinerator on Devon County Council’s site on Grace Road South in Marsh Barton. An Environmental Permit was obtained for the facility in 2010. Meanwhile, following a tender process, Tiru SA were selected to build and operate the plant. The contract for the project was signed in Summer 2011 - see the press release The Exeter Energy from Waste Plant.
An illustration of the forthcoming development is shown in the picture below:
More information about the Exeter plant is available through the links below:
South West Devon
The South West Devon Waste Partnership, made up of Plymouth City, Torbay and Devon County Councils, has been awarded £95 million by Defra to help create a sustainable waste management solution for South West Devon.
The disposal contract for the South West Devon area was won by MVV Umwelt.
Also on devon.gov.uk
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