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Devon waste energy plants shortlist revealed by council

  • 18 October 2013
  • From the section Devon
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Image caption If approved the five plants could take in a maximum of 80,000 tonnes of waste each year

A shortlist of where rubbish could be processed to create power in Devon over the next 20 years has been revealed by the county council.

So-called "waste recovery" plants could be built in Barnstaple, Teignbridge, Tiverton and at sites in east Devon.

The authority hopes to "maximise re-use and recycling of waste" while also "recovering energy".

The plans in the committee agenda will be discussed by Devon County Council on 23 October.

It is part of a 20-year plan by the authority, which is facing rising landfill costs and a shortage of tips.

It is currently unknown what type of "waste recovery" unit could be built at each location.

If approved, the plants could take in a maximum of 80,000 tonnes of waste each year, the agenda has suggested.

About 55% of local authority-collected, commercial and industrial waste is currently recycled.

The council hopes that will increase to 64%, by 2031.

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