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Where Does my Recycling and Waste Go?

Recycling in South Hams collected from households is bulked by material type at Ivybridge Transfer Station.

Each material type is then sent for recycling at the locations below. 

The non-recyclable items are bulked and sent for disposal at the Energy from Waste Facility in Plymouth.

MaterialCustomerFinal Reprocessor
PaperPalm PaperKings Lynn, Norfolk
Card (H Mix)Newberry RecyclingBarnstaple
Coastal RecyclingKenbury Wood, Kennford, Exeter
Perrys RecyclingBridgwater, Somerset
Mixed Cans and PlasticsCoastal RecyclingKenbury Wood, Kennford, Exeter
Suez R&RAvonmouth, Avon
GlassRecrescoSpringvale Ind. Est., Cwmbran,
BatteriesEco-BatSorted at Darlaston, West Midlands and then exported to recyclers in Europe
Printer cartridgesBCMY LtdWick, Littlehampton


Torr Quarry, Kingsbridge
MaterialCustomerFinal Reprocessor
DMR (with Glass)Suez R&RAvonmouth, Avon
BiffaChelson Meadow, Plymouth, Devon
Bagged ContainersCoastal RecyclingTorrington, Devon
Bagged FibrePerrys RecyclingBridgwater, Somerset
Newberry RecyclingBarnstaple, Devon

Recyclables are a commodity that can generate an income for the Council which is used to subsidise collections and other services. By separating recycling by type at the kerbside we maintain a better quality product which is easier and less costly to recycle. 

Food Waste

The contents of the food caddies is tipped by the collection vehicles at Ivybridge Transfer Station. Here it is bulked before being delivered to Andigestion's Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Holsworthy. The material is broken down in a series of sealed, oxygen free tanks to produce methane, a gas used to generate electricity and digestate, a nutrient rich fertiliser used by local farmers.

Garden Waste

For residents that use the garden waste service, this is tipped at Torr Quarry Transfer Station before being bulked and delivered to South West Compost, Brixton (near Plymouth). Here the garden waste is composted in large heaps which are turned every few weeks to improve breakdown of the waste. The resulting compost is used on local farmland.

Residual Waste

The contents of the grey bins and seagull sacks is tipped by the collection vehicles at Torr Quarry Transfer Station where it is bulked. It is then delivered to MVV's Energy from Waste (EfW) and Combined Heat & Power (CHP) facility in Plymouth. Some waste collected from the west of the district is also delivered direct to MVV. The waste is used as a fuel to heat water into super-heated steam which turns a turbine to create electricity. Leftover heat energy from this process is also used to heat the nearby dockyard and naval base.

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