A NEW waste transfer station at Bynsworthy in Barnstaple has become fully operational this week.
The new facility will enable Devon County Council to bulk up and transfer non-recyclable (wheelie bin/black bag) waste collected in the north Devon and Torridge areas away from landfill to energy from waste facilities where it is converted into electricity.
The facility was built and will be operated for DCC by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd.
Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s (DCC) cabinet member with responsibility for infrastructure and waste said: “This facility marks an historic milestone, the end to the landfilling of residual household ‘black bag’ waste in the county of Devon.
“Residents in Torridge and North Devon have already been doing a fantastic job separating their waste for recycling and I would urge them to keep recycling as much of their waste as possible, so we can continue to deal with waste in the most environmentally sound way.
“However, there is some waste that still cannot be recycled, and it is this that will be managed at the new waste transfer station.
“Reducing, re-using and recycling as much as possible and diverting what remains into energy recovery is better for the environment, and better for council tax payers. I want to thank SUEZ who have built this facility and will be operating it on behalf of the county council.”