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Tavistock Recycling Centre can only accept garden waste in July and August

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If you use Tavistock’s Crowndale Recycling Centre you will only be able to dispose of green and garden waste during July and August because of vital repair work to a sewer being carried out by South West Water along Crowndale Road.

The repair work will mean that Crowndale Road, the primary access road to the recycling centre, will be closed until the work is completed.

As a result the facility will only be able to accept green waste from July 4 to at least August 26, and only by accessing the site through the signed diversionary route..

The site will still be accessible by car from the Gunnislake side – however because of the low bridge, it can’t be accessed by the large HGVs that are used to remove the majority of the site’s waste and the site will be unable to operate as normal.

However, garden and green waste will still be able to be removed from the site as it is transported by smaller agricultural vehicles to a local composting site – these vehicles are able to fit under the low bridge. 

Householders wishing to dispose of or recycle other waste will have the choice of either using alternative recycling centres in Okehampton or Ivybridge or store their waste until the site fully opens.  Full use should also be made of kerbside recycling and waste services during this time.

The road closure and diversion will be signed.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Equality said:

“We apologise for the inconvenience – unfortunately it is unavoidable as we have been informed that the work to the mains sewer is vital. The recycling centre will however be able to take green waste which typically accounts for up to 40 per cent of waste disposed at the site during the summer months.”

Charlie Ford, a member of South West Water’s Project Team, said:

“We play an integral role to communities across the region and are committed to serving our customers and protecting our environment, which is why we are carrying out these essential upgrades at a time which will cause the least disruption. While it is important we complete this work, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to look to work with customers and businesses to complete the work with as little disruption as possible.“

Please go to the Waste and Recycling pages for more information.