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Cornwall gets first new disposal site in 20 years

Viridor has opened a landfill facility at its Lean Quarry waste management site near Liskeard, Cornwall. The integrated site also includes a 75,000 tonne materials recycling facility, glass recycling bays and a vehicle fleet providing collection services for household and business waste.

According to Viridor, the three-million-cubic-metre landfill capacity will serve local authorities and businesses in East and North Cornwall and is the first disposal site in the county for 20 years. The landfill operation will facilitate the restoration of a dolerite quarry and create new woodlands and meadows.

Materials such as wood, metals and aggregates will be recovered from the waste streams by mechanical and manual sorting with any non-recyclable residues going to landfill.

The Cornish site has a permit to take a range non-hazardous household, industrial and commercial waste, the company added.

Viridor regional director in the South West Ken Pitcher said: "This facility will enable Viridor to provide our customers in the area with essential waste management services for many years to come."

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