New innovative recycling facility for Ipplepen
Chairman of Ipplepen Parish Council Roger Carnell declares the village’s new recycling facility open with Methodist Minister Kevin Hooke and Teignbridge Council Portfolio Holder for Recycling Alistair Dewhirst.
“This facility is one of the most comprehensive in Devon,” said Councillor Dewhirst. “And I am very proud that it is in Ipplepen and will benefit villagers as well as the environment.”
Built by villager Mike Brookes, it will be run by volunteers and is situated adjacent to the Community Hub beside the Methodist Church.
It will operate in conjunction with Terracycle, an innovative company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste. Each of the 12 streams being collected is sponsored by the company producing the waste and each load received by Terracycle earns a charitable donation.
The majority of the waste collected will benefit Ipplepen Community Hub but Devon Air Ambulance will also receive some.
Among the waste to be collected at the recycling facility are medicine blister packs, crisp packets, and baby food pouches, and rather than go to the incineration plants in Exeter and Plymouth the components in the waste will now be broken down and used in a number of different manufacturing processes, thus making a huge saving in raw materials.
“I am delighted that we have finally got this scheme off the ground,” said Alistair, “as it has been hugely delayed by the lockdown. Not only will we be able to salvage valuable materials from the waste collected and save them from being incinerated, but our Hub Rebuilding Fund and Devon Air Ambulance will benefit at the same time.
“We are also hoping that our neighbouring villages of Abbotskerswell, Ogwell, Denbury, and Broadhempston will use the facility, too.”
Image: Alistair Dewhirst is on the left, Rev. Kevin Hooke in the middle and Roger Carnell in the high vis jacket cutting the ribbon.
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