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Plymouth's waste ash to be trucked to Netherlands

  • 30 July 2014
  • From the section Devon
Artist's impression of how the plant could look Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption Waste ash from the new incinerator will be transported to the Netherlands

Leftover ash from Plymouth's new waste-to-energy incinerator is to be shipped to the Netherlands for recycling.

The firm behind the plant, MVV, had wanted to transport it to a site near Buckfastleigh, 18 miles (29km) away, but officials turned that plan down.

The company is still trying to find a long-term solution closer to the incinerator.

MVV Managing Director Paul Carey said the ash would be used for "landscaping".

He said the company was working on a proposal for a recycling plant in the South West of England.

"In the short-term [the ash] will be taken to Holland and it will be recycled so we'll achieve 95% recycling," said Mr Carey.

"They're going to use it in a very large landscaping project to the west of Amsterdam."

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