Viridor Waste Management has been granted permission by Devon County Council to build an energy from waste (EfW) and combined heat and power facility in Exeter. The decision followed a nine month process including preparation of outline proposals, public consultation and submission of detailed application and supporting information. Expectations are that the new facility will be capable of handling 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of local residual waste a year. It will generate power for the national grid and heat for use by local businesses on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, Exeter, while diverting non recyclable waste from landfill. Project manager Howard Ellard said: The next step is to gain a PPC [Pollution Prevention and Control] permit, the application for which has already been submitted. We will continue to work in partnership with Devon County Council to help meet their challenging recycling and waste management targets. The county council has developed a clear waste strategy, developed following extensive consultation and technical analysis, which has set the context for these proposals. He added: The EfW and combined heat and power facility will provide a safe and efficient method of treating and disposing of residual household and municipal wastes, helping the country to achieve the necessary landfill diversion and avoid the possibility of financial penalties under the EU landfill directive.