Recovery and disposal

Energy from Waste Plants in Devon

In Devon, the majority of waste that isn’t reduced, reused, recycled or composted is sent to one of two energy recovery facilities either in Exeter or Plymouth. These plants combust residual (black bin) waste at extremely high temperatures in a controlled environment to produce energy which transformed into power and steam. Find out more about the plants by following the below links:

Whilst these plants are a much better option than simply landfilling our waste, it is still important that we reduce, reuse and recycle and compost as much as possible.

Disposal in Devon

Kerbside residual waste collected by the eight district councils in Devon is sent to energy recovery facilities and only small amounts of recycling centre residual waste which cannot be processed through these facilities are sent to landfill in Devon.

We also have the responsibility for the maintenance of 58 closed landfill sites across Devon. The majority of the closed sites are small sites which have been restored to agricultural land.