New Waste Transfer Station opens in Mid Devon

Posted on: 18 December 2017

Thanks to a new Waste Transfer Station located at MDDC’s waste collection and recycling depot, tonnes of previously unrecyclable ‘black bag’ waste collected in Mid Devon is being converted into energy instead of going to landfill and, as a result of the new facility, by next year no residual waste collected from Mid Devon residents will be sent to landfill.

The facility was formally opened on Friday 8 December by Councillors Andrea Davis (DCC) and Clive Eginton (MDDC) and is the result of a partnership between Devon County Council (DCC), the Waste Disposal Authority, and Mid Devon District Council (MDDC), the Waste Collection Authority.

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

Before the Transfer Station opened, most of the non-recyclable waste collected in the area was sent to landfill. The new facility means that the waste can be collected and separated in a cost effective, efficient and sustainable way.

Councillor Clive Eginton, the Leader of Mid Devon District Council, said: “Working in partnership with DCC has been very productive for both authorities and is 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.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “I am delighted that MDDC and DCC are working together to deliver and operate this new facility. 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.”

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