As part of understanding the lifecycle of materials and products resulting from local business processes, Tevi organised a group visit to the SUEZ Materials Recycling Facility (MERF) in Bodmin, followed by a tour of the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) in the afternoon.

Participants had the opportunity to learn how Suez reduce and reuse waste, find out what can be made out of recycled materials and see for themselves how energy and aggregate material is generated through various processing stages at the energy recovery centre.

The visit included a presentation about waste management in Cornwall followed by a Q&A session, as well as a behind the scenes tour of both facilities. The afternoon tour to the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) enabled participants to learn about sustainability, energy and resource management topics. The purpose-built education centre at St. Dennis demonstrated how recycling, reduce and reuse principles are used to develop an understanding of how Suez is recovering energy from waste.

The sixteen attendees were a mix of local businesses and organised community groups, looking to reduce their waste and leading community waste-reduction initiatives; along with researchers exploring waste systems and the circular economy.





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About Tevi:

Tevi is a 5 year EU funded partnership programme between the University of Exeter, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Cornwall Development Company. We use circular economy and environmental growth strategies to help small and medium sized enterprises improve their processes, save money and benefit Cornwall’s natural environment.