Circular Economy

Sustainability at the heart of the local economy

Somerset West and Taunton is home to established, innovative and nationally significant businesses leading the way in waste management and the circular economy. And as an authority, Somerset West and Taunton Council are making strides when it comes to carbon savings.

Viridor, the largest recycling and energy recovery company in the UK, has its HQ in Taunton and has an active programme of research and development associated with recycling and innovations in the circular economy.

There has been recent inward investment to reinvigorate the town of Watchet, through the circular economy, which has seen local social enterprise, the Onion Collective, establish a production plant for the development of insulation panels made of fungi. This impressive enterprise has big ambitions to diversify into more bio-based construction products and there are ample opportunities for collaboration.

Also based here, is The Somerset Waste Partnership. Independently ranked as a leading operator in England for carbon saving, the partnership focuses on waste reduction, energy from waste solutions, recycling, education and changing behaviours.

The growth of this sector regionally and nationally provides Somerset West and Taunton with the opportunity to attract funding and support from the private and third sectors.

“Allied to the launch of the Somerset Climate change strategy, and the Government’s ten point plan, there are a wealth of opportunities in both the blue and green economy for sustainable living and developing a sustainable circular economy approach, by taking care of the District’s natural capital which stretches across West Somerset to Exmoor.”

Mark Wathen, Strategic Lead for Economic Development and Growth at Somerset West and Taunton Council.