Latest News - Updating you on our activities
20th September 2019: Going Green
As you may know, we have developed a calendar of ‘special’ lights to mark such thinks as UK Saints days, Remembrance and charities. This week we have joined other landmarks in the UK and around the world to help raise awareness of Mitochondrial Disease by lighting up green.
Mitochondrial Disease is an incurable and life-limiting genetic disorder that affects an estimated one baby born in the UK every day. We are going green in memory of two young boys, Noah and Aiden Baptie, as well as to help raise awareness of the disease and the Lily Foundation, which is a charity offering support to families affected by it.
29th August 2019: Annual open day
We were delighted to welcome over 240 people to our open day this year, with families braving the rain and wind to come and take part in site tours, ocean discovery activities, crafts, wildflower area and bubble creations. As always, staff from the Partnership councils and our bottom ash processors, Rock Solid, were also on hand to answer questions and explain how our local waste systems are operated. The BBQ was provided by Bodhi Fitness and Wellbeing, a local family business who always deliver to a high standard.
We are already planning improvements for next year to enable even more people to take part in the site tours which are extremely popular. Next year’s event will take place in the Easter holidays (another time of year when too much packaging can be an issue).
26th July 2019: Annual open day
Since 2017 we have been holding an open day at the Facility to allow people to come and see how we divert non-recyclable waste from landfill. This year our event will take place on Wednesday 14th August from 11am to 3pm. There will be a beach theme and BBQ, as well as the usual site tours and other activities. Everything is free! We look forward to your visit.
25th July 2019: Blackie Woods
Every year we undertake maintenance works in Blackie Woods. This year, we will be removing the wooden steps that have become damaged and dangerous. Our landscape contractor will be clearing the area this week and replacing the steps with a sloped path which will make the pond and decking overlooking Barne Brake more accessible for pushchairs. We will be locking the gates at either end of the main path while these works are taking place next week. We thank you for your understanding.
10th June 2019: Outage update
The first week of our maintenance shutdown is now behind us and we are happy to report that all work is on track so far. Those of you living nearby may have noticed that we had contractors climbing the steeplejack ladder to the very top of the chimney for the first time last week! The journey to the top is only part of the story, however. As they climbed the outside of the chimney, they performed visual checks as well as making sure that all of the lights (required by the Civil Aviation Authority) were working. Once at the top, they then abseiled down inside the chimney to give it a thorough inspection.
28th May 2019: One million Tonnes!
Since April 2015, we have been diverting waste from landfill and treating it at our EfW CHP Facility in Plymouth. At around 9am this morning, the millionth Tonne of waste arrived on the weighbridge. This is an exciting milestone for the South West Devon region, showing a commitment to implementing the waste hierarchy and ensuring that no council-collected waste goes to landfill.
20thMay 2019: Annual maintenance shutdown
As you may know, we shut the Facility down once a year to carry out routine maintenance. This year’s outage will take place between 3rd and 16th June. During this time there will be additional contractors working across the site, including some external work requiring the use of cranes; you may notice more cars than usual in our car park and other vehicles around site, as well as additional welfare facilities for contractor use. We will continue to receive waste from the councils, keeping it out of landfill. A mailshot will go out to local residents advising them of this activity.
13thMay 2019: Visits and education
We are delighted to share some exciting figures that have emerged from our end of year reporting; among other things, we have, once again, seen a significant increase in visitor numbers. A total of 3386 people have taken part in site visits since April 2018, with 266.5 hours being spent with schools; 24 new schools have engaged with our education programme and schools that have visited before continue to return. The 87% increase in schools’ engagement has been helped by Devon County and Torbay councils funding the cost of transport to our site.
29th April 2019: International Workers’ Memorial Day
We are proud to be able to support our sister Facility in Dundee by lighting up purple in honour of International Workers’ Memorial Day; our QHSE Manager in Dundee has arranged a full week of Health and Safety activities across the operational and construction sites, including guest speakers and other special guests – please see our Baldovie latest news page for more information.
12th April 2019: Easter Litter Hunt
Once again, we had a fantastic turn-out for our annual litter pick, with more than 50 local people joining MVV staff, family and friends to clean up Blackie Woods and Weston Mill creek. We would like to thank Bodhi Fitness and Wellbeing and Surplus Rescue for their continued support and the local community for their endless enthusiasm; one child asked if we could arrange a litter pick for every school holiday! Everyone’s efforts were proved worthwhile when we weighed the rubbish and discovered we had removed quarter of a Tonne of litter from our nearby green and blue spaces.
9th April 2019: Easter Litter Hunt
As previously announced, we are holding our annual community clean up as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ this Friday, 12th April. The event will start from 1pm and all litter picking equipment will be provided along with refreshments and a High Tea served by Bodhi Fitness and Wellbeing who have supported this event for the last four years. Wyld Thyngz return to Blackie Woods, offering a break around the camp fire and a drop-off point for full bags of rubbish; Surplus Rescue will also provide a drop-off point for teams of litter pickers who venture down to Weston Mill Creek.
8th April 2019: Photography exhibition
Sarah Newton, a photography student from Falmouth University , has installed her ‘Out – Sight – In’ photographic exhibition in our visitor centre; it depicts debris washed up by the sea and places to dispose of what we no longer have use for. The exhibition has sparked many conversations about our impact on the planet and Sarah will be helping out with our Easter litter hunt on Friday 12th April between 1pm and 4pm; as part of her Degree course, she is seeking feedback on her photographs and we would like to encourage everyone who comes to help on Friday to take the time to speak with her about her work – a sneak preview can be seen in the photo on the right.
5th April 2019: CIWM new members event
We were delighted to host a new members event for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) on Friday; the event was over-subscribed and our Community Liaison Manager will be arranging a site visit during the week beginning 29th April for those members who were unable to attend. We would like to thank Iain Stevens from Devon County Council / CIWM for organising the event and Dale Unsworth from Cornwall Council / CIWM for supporting on the day.
18th March 2019: Lighting up in support and celebration
We sometimes change the colours of the lights on the side of our Facility in order to support and celebrate both local and National causes including research, UK Saints days, remembrance and Christmas. In addition, we are sometimes asked to show our support by other groups. Most recently, we displayed the colours of “Help for Heroes” in order to support their ‘Cut the Clock’ campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and support available to veterans.
The dates we will be celebrating and supporting for the rest of this year are:
|Epilepsy awareness||26th March|
|April Fools Day||1st April|
|St George’s Day||23rd April|
|World Environment Day||5th June|
|World Alzheimer’s Day||21st September|
|Recycle week||23rd-29th September|
|Baby Loss Awareness||9th-15th October|
|Breast Cancer Awareness||18th October|
|Trafalgar Day||21st October|
|Remembrance Day||11th November|
|St Andrew’s Day||30th November|
|Christmas||24th December-6th January|
18th February 2019: Community litter pick – save the date
In our latest newsletter, which can be found here , we announced that this year’s community litter pick and fun day would be held during the February school half term holiday; since the time of writing, Keep Britain Tidy have announced the dates for their Great British Spring Clean and we would like to tie our local event in with this national campaign: https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean
We will, as always, offer refreshments on the day and the event will take place on Friday 12th April (times to be confirmed, dependent on tide times); as this falls in the school Easter Holiday, there will be an Easter theme with everyone encouraged to go on a litter hunt!