18 January 2018 by Joshua Doherty

Suez awarded Devon county contract

Suez has won a £60 million, 10-year contract with the county of Devon for the construction of a new transfer station and annual treatment of 45,000 tonnes of residual household waste from two districts.

And, the contract includes around 3,500tpa of residual waste from six recycling centres.


Starting in February 2019, residual waste will be routed from the new transfer station in Brynsworthy to the Suez energy recovery centre in Severnside (SERC) near Bristol.

Devon CC

Devon county council awarded Suez the £60 million 10 year contract

Operations at the facility, which has capacity to treat 400,000 tonnes of waste per annum, begun in 2016 (see letsrecycle.com story).

“Residual waste that cannot be reused, recycled or composted has been landfilled up until now. Starting in February 2019, it will be recovered and treated to generate energy,” explained Devon county councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure development & waste.

The new transfer station will add to the 18 household waste recycling centres and two transfer stations Suez currently operates in the UK.


In August last year, Suez stated that research it had undertaken indicated a national shortfall of nearly 14 million tonnes of domestic treatment capacity, dropping to just under eight million tonnes by 2022 and approximately three million in 2027 (see letsrecycle.com story).

Suez had said that this relates primarily to a ‘lack’ of energy-from-waste power plants, which are replacing landfill sites as the preferred, more sustainable, waste disposal solution for non-recyclable “residual” waste.

Residual waste will be routed to the Severnside Energy Recovery Facility

Commenting on the Devon contract, Jean-Marc Boursier, Suez senior executive vice president in charge of recycling and waste recovery for Europe said: “This new contract complements the services already offered by Suez. The teams will be working additionally with the county of Devon on its circular economy undertaking, by helping individuals give a second life to their waste through recycling and recovery”.

In 2016, Suez says its recycling & recovery teams handled 10.4 million tonnes of waste, including 8.5 million tonnes which were recycled or recovered in the UK.


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