Increasing the amount of recycling and composting is and will remain one of the Partnership’s top priorities. Although the recycling rate varies between the Partner councils, the Partnership is aiming to achieve a combined recycling rate of over 50 per cent by 2019/2020. Each Partner council is developing and delivering its own initiatives to reduce their waste and recycle more, as well as working together with Devon Authorities’ Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee (DAWRRC) to promote recycling through the county.
However, there will always be a proportion of our waste which cannot be recycled that will need other solutions. The Energy from Waste facility provides a good way to achieve the required diversion from landfill while using the waste as a fuel to produce green energy. It is also important to consider the growth of waste through population increase which in the Devon area has been significant in recent years and is projected to continue with Plymouth and Torbay having been designated as New Growth Points for population increase.
The Partnership forecasted its future waste treatment needs, based on significantly increasing its recycling rates from where it started, and the Energy from Waste facility was sized appropriately for the amount of waste we expect to be produced by the communities in south west Devon, so as not to ‘crowd out’ recycling. The Partnership, along with the district councils and waste contractors are making efforts to increase the level of materials recycled in the area. However, this also depends to some extent on the market for recycled materials, which is very difficult to control or predict.
For more information on recycling please see the relevant sections on the Council websites below: