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New recycling centre opens

Thursday, 12 December 2013

A new £2.3 million recycling centre serving Sidmouth, Ottery and surrounding villages was set to open this morning (Tuesday, December 10th).
Formally named Sidmouth Recycling Centre, the facility is located about 300metres south of the old centre on the C808 road near Bowd between Sidmouth and Otteryand replaces the old centre at Woods Farm.
Devon County Council (DCC) is to officially open the new centre at 11am today, with the gates set to open and welcome customers at 11.30am.
The old site closed permanently at the end of Sunday, December 8th and equipment was moved between the old and new facilities before the latter’s opening.
A DCC spokesperson said: “The brand new, state of the art centre will serve Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and the surrounding villages.
“The new larger centre will give residents a far superior service with minimal queuing and congestion and will make it far easier and convenient to recycle.
“The site is a ‘split level’ design where the public can deposit items for recycling or disposal in various containers placed at a lower level, without the need to climb steps.
“The majority of HGV movements will take place separately from the public area which will enable the site to remain open to the public when waste containers are being exchanged.”
It is also promised that a traffic loop system, with ample car parking, will ensure a smooth flow of traffic preventing stationary vehicles blocking the access and exit route.
The spokesperson added: “Overall, the site is of a design and capacity that will prevent vehicles from having to queue on the public highway during peak periods or container exchanges, as happened at the old site.”
Sidmouth Town Councillor Stuart Hughes, added: “I am very grateful to Lord Clinton and Clinton Devon Estates for allowing the county council to use and develop this fantastic site for the benefit of the community.
“We have worked hard on this project for a number of years, from first finding the right location through to completion of this start of the art civic amenity recycling centre.
“The Woods Farm centre is one of the county’s top performing centres but it isn’t user-friendly, which limits its use. The new site, which I’m very excited about, will offer people a much improved service which will encourage more people to recycle more often.”
Ottery St Mary Town Councillor Claire Wright, said: “I’m really glad that the new recycling centre will open. The current one is tiny and inadequate and can cause tailbacks along the road between Tipton and the Bowd Inn.
“I have been impressed with the attention to detail in the design of the new recycling centre, especially as it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It will have very little visual impact on the landscape, with all the planting.”
The new facility is expected to receive approximately 5,000 tonnes of household waste annually and will recycle around 80 per cent of all the waste brought in.
Dedicated facilities will be available for householders to recycle glass (bottles and window glass), paper, cardboard, cans, textiles, metals, wood, garden waste, plastic bottles, carrier bags, clean mixed plastic packaging, engine oil, vegetable oil, lead-acid batteries, domestic batteries, tyres, fridges, televisions, fluorescent tubes, domestic appliances and electrical equipment, mobile phones, gas cylinders, plasterboard and soil/rubble.
The site will also provide facilities to recycle carpets, mattresses and bulky plastics. Facilities will also be available for the safe disposal of small quantities of household chemicals and non-recyclable waste.
There is also a dedicated sales area where suitable salvaged items can be purchased for re-use.
SITA UK Ltd will be operating the site for the DCC and all the staff at the old site will transfer across to the new facility.
The site, which has been leased to the council by Clinton Devon Estates, and the adjacent field, will be landscaped and planted with around 5,000 trees and shrubs to screen the site and minimize the visual impact on the area.
The new site will be open every day from 8am until 4.30pm Mondays to Fridays. 10am until 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays (winter hours).


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