Honiton earmarked for new recycling centre in strategy for facilities across Devon

Honiton is set to get a new recycling centre within the next 15 years as part of a county-wide strategy for the facilities.

The town’s existing service at Sutton Barton has been described as being too small with ‘health and safety concerns’.

It is one of six deemed ‘not fit-for-purpose’ across Devon which have been earmarked for replacement by the county council.

Centres serving Newton Abbot; Barnstaple; Tiverton; Totnes and Kingsbridge; and Tavistock also need new sites.

The Household Waste Recycling Centres Improvement Strategy will see the mooted facilities open during the next 15 years.

Existing sites across Devon – including those in Exeter, Exmouth, and Sidmouth – are considered adequate for the next decade-and-a-half.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) cabinet unanimously backed launching a consultation over the modernisation vision at its November meeting.

Members agreed that a planning application for a new recycling centre in Tavistock can now be submitted.

A report from DCC’s chief officer for highways, infrastructure, development said: “If the status quo was maintained, the Household Waste Recycling Centre service would not be improved, and the public would have to keep using several old facilities that are no longer fit for purpose and suffer significant issues including health and safety.

“This may eventually result in some facilities having to be closed.”

It added of Honiton’s recycling centre: “The existing facility at Sutton Barton is small, constrained and suffers significant queuing problems albeit off the public highway.

“There are health and safety concerns with vulnerable people accessing skips via steps, and the site is very remote from the main population centre that it serves.

“A new facility in the Honiton area is therefore proposed.”

Councillors also backed putting a separate plan, which describes how local authorities in Devon will manage household waste and litter for the next decade, out for consultation.

The Resource and Waste Management Strategy sets key target across the county.

These include a 20 per cent reduction in food waste and recycling at least 60 per cent of household waste by 2025 – rising to 65 per cent by 2035.

All collection authorities will also need to provide a separate weekly collection of food waste by 2022.

The plan also aspires to reducing, reusing and recycling more textiles, plastics, metals, electrical equipment, food and paper and card.

It also aims to increase the use of carbon-friendly-fuelled vehicles for transporting waste.

Councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, said the objectives were aimed at reducing waste, the carbon impact of managing it and conserving natural resources.

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