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Cornwall's main recycling centre to be open 24 hours a day

Cornwall's main recycling centre to be open 24 hours a day

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:53am 13th May 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall’s main recycling centre is set to be redeveloped so that it can take more recyclables and food waste and also operate 24 hours a day.

Planning permission has been granted by Cornwall for the changes at Bodmin Materials Recycling Facility.

Cornwall Energy Recovery Limited had applied for planning permission to make the changes ahead of plans to change Cornwall’s rubbish and recycling collections next year.

Cornwall Council signed a new contract for the service earlier this year with a view to increasing the amount of rubbish which is recycled as well as introducing a new food waste collection service.

However, the original plans to have a weekly recycling service and fortnightly black bag waste collection was scrapped after it proved to be too expensive.

Instead both recycling and black bag waste will be collected fortnightly under the new service which is set to be rolled out across Cornwall from summer 2021. Food waste will be collected weekly.

The changes to the recycling centre are aimed at making it “futureproof” so that it can cope with the additional amount of recycling which is expected.

recycling bags

In a statement issued with the application it states: “Cornwall Council has recently re‐procured its waste collection and cleansing contract, based on a new service design.

"It is expected that the new service design will have a positive impact  on the management of municipal waste in Cornwall, driving up recycling rates and reducing the amount of residual waste that is being produced, in line with the waste hierarchy. ”

It is expected that the current tonnage of recyclables going to the facility will increase from 21,949 tonnes a year to approximately 44,591 tonnes a year by 2030/31.

The statement adds: “This increase in tonnage is partly due to the introduction of a new food waste collection service, which is estimated at approximately 12,046 t.p.a. There is therefore a need for this new waste stream to be accommodated at the existing Bodmin facility.”

It continues: “Modification of the existing Bodmin MRF will allow for an  increase in the frequency and volume of waste material being received and processed on site, together with increasing the scope of the current waste intake, to allow for the processing of food waste.

"It will also allow the applicant to operate the MRF more efficiently and to reduce its impact on the local road network. It is therefore considered that the modifications will also have a positive, indirect  impact on other industrial and commercial properties within Bodmin Business Park.”

The changes include alterations to the access to the site which will improve traffic flow.

And the application also allows for the centre to open 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday for the next five years. The centre will continue to be open from 6am to 6pm on Sundays. It will not be allowed to operate on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Cornwall Council granted planning permission for the changes last week.

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