Bulky Waste Shredder at Connon Bridge

 Sita Suez want to put a shredder like this one at Connon Bridge but residents are worried about noise and traffic.

Sita Suez want to put a shredder like this one at Connon Bridge but residents are worried about noise and traffic.

I am fighting against the proposal to put a shredding machine at Connon Bridge.

The St Dennis Incinerator cannot handle anything larger than 60cm x 60cm, so bulky items such as mattresses have to be shredded before they can be incinerated. Not only did Sita / Cornwall Council fail to check this detail before building the incinerator, they also failed to set aside a suitable space for the shredder at the St Dennis site. Now that landfill has finally come to an end at Connon Bridge, the nearby residents were looking forward to an end to the noisy machines which have been disturbing them for decades. The decision to put the shredder at Connon Bridge means a new machine will be disturbing the neighbours for years to come, and the bulky waste collected in West Cornwall will have to go on a pointless extra journey along the A390 to East Taphouse before being carried back to St Dennis, generating thousands of extra lorry miles every year.

I have attended meetings with the local residents, along with representatives from Sita and Cornwall Council.

Next steps:

·       It looks like we won’t be able to stop the shredder being installed for a “trial period” of 6 months, but the machine is portable (on caterpillar tracks) so I am pushing the Cabinet member and senior officers to make arrangements for its permanent home to be at St Dennis.