Deep Moor is DWMHL’s operating base and landfill site in North Devon.
The site was initially constructed by Torrington District Council in 1970 to manage the districts domestic and business wastes. The site was taken over by Devon County Council in 1974 when responsibility for waste disposal moved to the county council.
In 1998 Devon Waste Managment was separated from the county council through the creation o a local authority waste disposal company (LAWDC) with all the assets and liabilities being transferred across the to the company. Devon Waste Management then took ownership and full responsibility for the running of the site and disposal of North Devon and Torridge’s household waste.
The introduction and promotion of household and business recycling driven by legislation and environmental concerns along with the development of energy from waste plants have led to a dramatic reduction in the amount of waste that needs to go to landfill. All household waste from Exeter, Plymouth, Southhams, Teignbridge, West Devon, East Devon is now sent for incineration at Energy from Waste (EFW) Plants. Deepmoor is now Devon and Cornwall’s only remaining open General Waste and Hazardous Waste Landfill.
Recycling and Waste Disposal at Deep Moor today
North Devon’s household waste disposal
Deep moor continues to operate as a landfill disposal point for approximately 45000 tonnes of North Devon and Torridge district councils household waste. This is set to continue until the county council have decided upon a new disposal route for this material.
Commercial Waste Disposal
Deepmoor also provides waste disposal to commercial customers from across the county and region. The site provides direct tipping for general wastes not suitable or practical for EFW plants. Companies such as Biffa, Suez, Viridor, Woolacombe Bay, Sheild Environmental, Gold Coast as well as numerous holiday parks campsites, small builders all rely on the site for waste disposal. The nearest alternative disposal point being Broadpath Landfill in North Somerset.
Asbestos and Hazardous Wastes
Deepmoor also serves as the only Hazardous waste landfill for specific hazardous waste types such as Asbestos within the Devon and Cornwall area. The site is relied upon by Devon County Council and Cornwall County Council for the disposal of fly-tipped Asbestos and other Hazardous Wastes as well as many commercial hazardous waste producers across the region.
Deepmoor generates large quantities of energy for the national grid via the capture of landfill methane gas using a complex system of pipes and wells spread across the site, this is fed back to state of the art engines that burn the gas to generate 2 megawatts of electricity per hour, enough power for over 4000 homes.
Deepmoor has received planning permission for two solar arrays on the site, which the company is currently in the early stages of implementing, the company hopes to bring this development to fruition in the coming year, by installing this solar Deep Moor will be able to greatly reduce its reliance on traditional energy generation for our operations and further increase its export supply to the national grid.