Recycling collection pilot to start in January
The Council of the Isles of Scilly has announced that it is to begin a pilot recycling collection on St Mary's in January.
The trial will affect residents of Telegraph and McFarland’s Down, who have now received clear sacks and information explaining what to do and when the collections will start.
Householders will be able to separate paper, cardboard, plastic and tin cans for recycling alongside their normal waste collection, although bottles will still need to be taken to the recycling banks as normal (tin cans can also be taken to Bring sites if residents prefer).
The Council said in a statement that the aim of the pilot is to "test that the new collection round works ahead of a wider roll out to all St Mary’s households later in 2018".
It continued: "The Waste & Recycling team will be using the pilot to make sure the collections run smoothly, that the information provided is clear and that the materials presented for recycling are in suitable condition. Residents will be asked to give us as much feedback as possible so we can make any necessary improvements."
Council Chairman Ted Moulson said: “I’m delighted that this new collection round is being trialled. Scilly’s residents want to recycle more of their waste and it is important that the Council supports this.
"This pilot scheme is part of the Council’s wider commitment to handling waste in a more environmentally responsible manner. Now that the redevelopment of the Porthmellon Waste & Recycling site is near completion, our options for recycling and waste management are much better and we will continue to improve this service.”
The Council also announced that is now offering an Assisted Collection Scheme for St Mary’s residents. The scheme is intended to help people who have trouble moving refuse bins/bags to the kerbside collection point due to ill-health, infirmity or disability. Residents may be eligible if they have no-one over 16 living with them who can help
Eligible residents will also be able to have household electrical items collected by the Council for recycling. Collection of these items will require booking a slot by calling 01720 424000.
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust reminded followers on social media that all householders on St Mary's are able to recycle paper, cardboard and plastic by taking them to Porthmellon Waste Management Site on residential opening afternoons (normally Tuesday and Thursdays)."
They added that "essentially households can now recycle paper, card, metal and PLASTIC!! Spread the word and get sorting your waste! Happy Christmas!!"
Anyone seeking more information on the Council's recycling pilot or wanting to apply for the Assisted Collection Scheme is asked to contact the Waste & Recycling team on 01720 424000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.