One of the great success stories of the Labour led City Council in recent times has been
the Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF). In addition to all its other sources, from Exeter alone it processed 3,438 tonnes last year!
It was opened by Labour in 2001 responding to a need for recycling capacity in Devon was identified. The MRF has proved to be a fantastic investment, not just for the City but for the wider region. The expansion of the MRF has provided the opportunity for several local councils to also increase their recycling rates, including Teignbridge and Mid Devon as it is very effective at recycling and recovers materials other facilities do not.
Since 2016 the MRF has been partnered with Keep Britain Tidy, supported by South West
Water to deliver the Ocean Recovery Project (ORP). This is an amazing project which takes plastic waste from our ocean and turns it into new products, from pollution to productivity. Since December 2017 its processed 49 tonnes of plastic from Keep Britain tidy ORP. There was around a further 15 tonnes that was directly reused to make into products.
A great story about the project on the Exeter news channel:
Not only has the MRF proved to be a fantastic resource for Exeter and Devon it has
reached far beyond our region. The work of the MRF is just one of the Labour led Council’s response to the climate and environmental emergencies. Through being involved with projects like this one at the Glastonbury music festival our messages and delivery have been carried far and wide.
Yet another way the work of our Labour led Exeter City Council is right at the forefront of
the global response. Not just talk, but real quantifiable action to deal with the
environmental issues of today and tomorrow.