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Waste management

We have a 30 year contract with Cornwall Energy Recovery Ltd (formerly SITA Cornwall Ltd) to manage and dispose of our municipal waste. The contract started in 2006 and includes developing new and improved recycling facilities, including household waste and recycling centres, material recovery facilities, composting facilities, landfill restoration, waste transfer stations and the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre, an energy from waste facility with combined heat and power.

It took longer than originally expected to get planning permission for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre. As a result, we revised our project agreement in 2013 and extended our contract to 31 August 2039.

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Available on-line is a copy of the revised project agreement (Integrated Waste Management Contract). A small part of the content is commercially sensitive and isn’t available. Some of the documents are too large to easily load on our website, however, you can request a full copy of the redacted documents by emailing your full name and address to or using the contact details on this page.


There are 14 household waste and recycling centres in Cornwall where residents can take bulky waste, green waste and recycling that isn’t collected as part of the household rubbish and recycling collections. 

There are material recovery facilities at Pool and Bodmin where dry recyclables from household recycling collections are sorted and sent to recycling reprocessors. There is also a waste education centre at the Bodmin facility.

There are waste transfer stations at St Erth, Newquay, St Austell, Launceston and Pool. Waste from household rubbish collections is taken to these stations and combined into larger lorry loads. The waste will then go to the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre. 

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Facility became fully operational on 23rd March 2017.