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State of the Art recycling plant... alternative to incinerator

£4m commercial waste plant will be first of kind in region
CATHERINE BARNES
Western Morning News (Plymouth, UK)
November 9, 2011

An Exeter waste company is investing £4 million in a stateof-the-art recycling plant, which will create 10 new jobs.

Devon Contract Waste, based at Sowton in Exeter, is awaiting delivery of £1.9 million in bespoke processing technology from Ireland, which will be housed in a purpose-built £2.15 million facility on a newly acquired site at Marsh Barton.

The new laser optic system will be able to identify every items of mixed general waste that passes through it and has the capability to recycle every single item from the 75,000 tonnes of refuse it currently collects, a year.

DCW clients, who include the NHS across Devon, the South West Ambulance Ser-vice, Bicton College and many smaller regional businesses, will be provided with singlecollection bins to replace the separate recycling and waste bins currently supplied.

DCW managing director Simon Almond said that the facility would have the capacity to process £8.5 million of recovered waste materials. With nothing going to landfill, clients will save £5.20 per bin on landfill tax, with even greater savings ahead with the levy set to rise to £132 per tonne. He said: "For a lot of people, it is not practical to sort their refuse. This way, if it's not convenient for them, it can still be recycled.

"This technology can separate anything that can be recycled such as paper, card, soft plastics, metal, wood, plastic bottles, aluminium and all other hard plastics.

"The remainder is a small residue of waste which is then processed into refused derived fuel, to be used in industry in place of fossil fuels.

"This facility will be the first in the South West and provides a viable alternative solution for commercial waste rather than landfill or incineration. "It has taken years of research and development to get to this stage and we are very excited to be able to offer this new service to other businesses in Devon."

The 10 new jobs created as a result of the investment will include four workers overseeing quality control on the plant's machinery, with a further six baling and transporting recyclate.

When the plant is working at full capacity, added Mr Almond, the new equipment could create another 30 full time jobs.

Mr Almond, who established the company as a one man operation in 1989, said that the investment will also secure the jobs of the company's existing 62 permanent staff, with its current Sowton base continuing as an administration hub.

The company currently handles in excess of 27,000 tonnes of waste every year, accounting for around six per cent of the total waste produced in Devon.

It is also the only commercial operator in Devon to collect and recycle food waste, with clients including River Cottage, Gidleigh Park, Bovey Castle and Peter Gorton.

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