The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC)

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) is in its final stage of construction in St Dennis and later stages of its testing phase.

The testing phase will continue until the CERC is fully operational. When operational the CERC will take waste that’s left over after recycling and turn it into electricity to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes each year.

A leaflet explaining what will happen during the testing phase, before the CERC becomes fully operational, was sent to addresses of residents and businesses close to the site last summer.

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) Community Forum meets bi-monthly for local people to discuss and review matters relating to the construction of the facility. The CERC forum website includes links to time-lapse photographs of the construction site and to Community Forum minutes. Questions can also be submitted to this group via the website in advance of the next meeting.

Community funding

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Energy Recovery Limited are providing local community funding to support projects and initiatives in the designated area of benefit for the lifetime of the CERC. The St Dennis & Nanpean Community Trust is managing this community funding and welcomes applications from local community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals. The Trust is a registered charity and the trustees are local residents and parish councillors from St Dennis Parish Council and St Stephen Parish Council. It has a Grant Panel which meets monthly to review applications. Details of how to apply, application deadlines and panel meeting dates are on the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust website.

We receive regular enquiries from the public regarding the monitoring of air quality. At the CERC this is being carried out by an Independent Accountable Body. Find out about air and soil quality monitoring at the CERC. 

Further information about the construction activities taking place is available from Cornwall Council at or SUEZ on 08456 300 300 or