Environmental Responsilbility

In recent years, landfill has become an ugly word. That’s why we strive to send as little waste to landfill as possible.

Working with councils, we want to encourage more people to recycle more of their waste by separating it in their homes and bringing it straight to one of our 16 household waste recycling centres. We hope that by understanding more about the recycling trail people will be as excited as we are about the prospects of having a society that sees every piece of rubbish as an opportunity to create something new.

All waste collected from our commercial customers – the rubble and debris that comes off building sites for example – is sorted so we recover as many reusable materials as we can. Over 90 per cent of that waste is recycled.

We are also big on composting. All of that unwanted green waste brought into the recycling centres ends up as a soil improver for local farms.

However, while energy-from-waste technology continues to develop, landfill remains a major part of the waste disposal chain.

The Government is encouraging us all to use these sites less and less by charging the industry through Landfill Tax. Some of this money is then given back to us at Devon Waste Management Ltd through Landfill Tax Credits to redistribute to local projects that support the environment in the vicinity of landfill sites.

In Devon, we operate two sites, at Torrington and Kennford.

By managing those sites professionally – our experts provide a full environmental monitoring and sampling service to the waste industry – and in line with statutory obligations, we ensure they do as minimum environmental damage possible. In fact, Deep Moor at Torrington is fast becoming a renewable energy centre in its own right with 2MW of installed gas extraction capacity enabling us to power almost 4,000 homes every year with green energy.

Our sites are used for commercial, municipal, industrial and non-reactive hazardous wastes. We also have a landfill cell for bonded and fibrous asbestos.

Deep Moor handles 85,000 tonnes of commercial and household waste from Torridge and North Devon every year. It was issued with a modern Pollution Prevention & Control Permit in November 2004, having gone through a lengthy application and assessment process. The site has an excellent reputation with the Environment Agency.

Both landfill sites are being progressively restored as final waste levels are reached in various parts of the sites. That means we seal them off with an engineered cap one metre thick and restore the surface so it can be landscaped. You can see this happening at Deep Moor, where around half the 35-hectare site has now become grassland and a further third is currently being landscaped. We continue to manage what’s sealed in underneath and extract the useful gases to be sold to the National Grid.

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