Benefits for South West Devon

In addition to improving waste management across South West Devon, the proposal has a number of other benefits to the community:

  • employment for approximately 40 new permanent staff as well as many temporary jobs during the construction phase;
  • the development of a safe and robust alternative to landfill for residual waste from local homes and businesses;
  • supply of 20MW electricity to the National Grid.  This is enough to power around 45,000 homes;
  • supply of heat and cooling to local businesses and buildings, improving resource efficiency and further offsetting reliance on fossil fuels;
  • goods and services used during construction and operation will be sourced locally where possible, providing support to local businesses;
  • the proposal will help enable national and regional targets on landfill diversion to be met;
  • EfW delivers good value for money offsetting the economic impact of landfill tax which would otherwise be passed on to taxpayers;
  • a dedicated educational and information facility onsite will provide a resource for local schools and residents and support Devon's ongoing waste prevention and education programmes.

EfW already forms an integral part of waste and resource management in European countries which demonstrate best practice in resource efficiency and complimentary high recycling levels.

 

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