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New waste and recycling centre for Pinhoe, Exeter

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The site will be open every day from 8am until 6pm Mondays to Fridays. 10am until 6pm on Saturdays and from 10am until 4pm on Sundays


The facility is a ‘split-level’ design whereby householders segregate their waste and deposit it under shelter directly into containers positioned at a lower level. As such, all plant and HGV movements occur in a dedicated area away from the general public using the site, which makes for safer, faster and more efficient operations and minimal site ‘down time’ compared to other older facilities.

It has been designed to handle significant volumes of traffic and provides plenty of off-loading spaces in order to minimise the need to queue. Due to the new design, there will be no need for people to arrive at site early before the site opens in order to beat the queues.

The state of the art facility is expected to receive approximately 13,500 tonnes of household waste annually and will recycle around 75% 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 & electrical equipment, plasterboard and soil/rubble.

For the first time in Devon, the site will provide facilities to recycle carpets and bulky plastics (garden furniture/children's toys etc). Facilities will also be available for the safe disposal of household chemicals, bonded asbestos 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 County Council.

Along with significant quantities of recycled materials used in the construction of the site, the facilities include a green heating and hot water system for the site buildings made possible by a recycled wood-chip boiler and solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system for use in flushing site toilets, a sustainable drainage system and low energy lighting. Nearly 3000 shrubs and trees will be used in the landscaping of the site, in addition to the existing mature trees. Areas of wildflower grass planting will also be carried out.

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