Consultation 2014 (closed)

Background information

Devon County Council is the Waste Disposal Authority and we have a legal responsibility to dispose of domestic waste collected by the district councils, when they empty your bins. We also provide Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), which allow residents to dispose of their bulky household waste.

In addition to these services, we also lead on communications through the ‘Don’t let Devon go to waste’ awareness campaign and promote waste education in schools. We also manage a number of contracts for disposal, recycling, composting, and the HWRCs.

The total budget for the Waste Management Service in 2014/15 is: £33.9 million.

Our Waste Management Service currently provides:

  • The disposal of domestic residual waste £17.4m (51% of budget)
  • Composting/digestion of garden and food waste £5.8m (17% of budget)
  • 19 Household Waste Recycling Centres £5.1m (15% of budget)
  • Payment of statutory recycling credits to district councils and discretionary credits to third parties £4.2m (13% of budget) – for every tonne of waste the district council recycles, the County Council has a legal obligation to pay them a recycling credit. There is the option to pay these ‘credits’ to third parties instead (e.g. community groups)
  • Staff £0.7m (2% of budget)
  • Management of closed landfill sites £0.4m (1% of budget)
  • Waste education and behavioural change communication activities £0.3m (1% of budget).

Over the last few years a range of efficiency savings have been made through re-tendering and re-negotiating current contracts and expanding partnership working with the district and unitary councils.

We have also closed the least cost-effective and least-used sites which have included two HWRCs and seven temporary recycling centres.

Charges for certain types of waste and restrictions on vehicle types to reduce trade abuse were introduced at HWRCs in April 2011.

As a result of all of these changes, savings of more than £4.7 million have already been made over the last three years.