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The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC)

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) formerly started its operational phase on 23 March 2017, having completed its construction and testing phases. Following the formal handover from Vinci, the CERC is operating under the control of Suez on behalf of Cornwall Energy Recovery Limited. 

The CERC recovers energy from the residual waste that it processes every year, and uses it to create enough electricity to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes. The Environment Agency closely monitors the plant to ensure that it  continues to operate in strict accordance with the permit which they have issued. The CERC has been sized to take all household residual waste rom Cornwall, together with some commercial waste.  

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This means the CERC can accept most household waste that you cannot recycle and that fits into standard household black bin bags. 

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) Community Forum meet annually to discuss and review matters relating to the facility and are kept up to date through regular emails and newsletters. The Community Forum minutes are available online on Suez webpage. If you have a question to ask, please email

The facility includes a purpose built visitor centre with interactive displays and activities. Visits are welcomed from school, university and youth groups and open days are arranged throughout the year. Visits can be arranged through the Suez webpage.

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Energy Recovery Limited are providing local community funding to support projects and initiatives in the designated area of benefit for the lifetime of the CERC. The St Dennis & Nanpean Community Trust is managing this community funding and welcomes applications from local community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals. The Trust is a registered charity and the trustees are local residents and parish councillors from St Dennis Parish Council and St Stephen Parish Council. It has a Grant Panel which meets monthly to review applications. Details of how to apply, application deadlines and panel meeting dates are on the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust website.

Monitors at the base of the CERC's chimneys continuously record emission levels in accordance with the requirements of the facility's environmental permit. More information about emissions and energy generation is available on the Suez website.

In addition to this, monitoring of the air quality is being carried out by an Independent Accountable Body. Find out about air and soil quality monitoring at the CERC.