Council opens 12-week consultation before proposals are submitted for government approval.
PLANS for an ‘energy recovery’ facility at Brynsworthy on the outskirts of Barnstaple will undergo a 12-week consultation, starting this week.
The proposal is part of a raft of waste disposal options – including anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, gasification, and incineration – being examined by Devon County Council.
An original site at Roundswell is no longer being considered among 15 county-wide locations being earmarked to deal with around two million tonnes of waste generated annually in Devon for the next 18 years.
The council said the type of facility at each site had not yet been decided.
The new Devon Waste Plan aims to increase recycling of household and business waste to levels of at least 64 per cent by 2031 Disposal of waste is intended to account for less than five per cent.
New landfill or other disposal will only be allowed where there is a demonstrable need.
Devon’s ‘energy recovery’ need is forecast at approximately 437,000 tonnes, and of this 60,000 tonnes will be delivered through the Energy from Waste plant in Plymouth.
Councillor James McInnes, chairman of the county council’s develop management committee, said: “Devon is among the top three performing counties in the country when it comes to recycling waste, with a recycling rate of around 55 per cent of household and business waste, and we must continue that progress towards more sustainable waste management.
“The Devon Waste Plan recognises the increasing importance of treating waste as a valuable resource rather than merely as a problem. It emphasises the need to increase the recovery of materials from mixed waste for subsequent reuse or recycling, and to achieve the most efficient use of the energy that can be obtained from the residual waste.”
There are currently two operational energy recovery facilities in Devon - anaerobic digestion plants at Holsworthy and Langage Farm.
Energy from waste incinerators are currently under construction at Exeter and Plymouth, and planning permission has been granted to sites for advanced anaerobic digestion at Lee Moor and pyrolysis and gasification at Hill Barton, but construction is yet to get underway.
A consultation event will be held in Barnstaple on Monday, January 20.
The final will be submitted to the Government for examination by a planning inspector after the consultation ends on February 24.
For more information about the Devon Waste Plan, details of local exhibitions, and to submit comments, visit www.devon.gov.uk/dwp2013