Waste

The Council operates a weekly household collection service on St Mary’s. On the islands of Bryher, St Agnes and St Martin’s the waste collections are carried out by private contractors on behalf of the Council and operate on a bring-to-site basis

 

 

For information about Household Waste on St. Mary’s please click HERE

For information about Commercial Waste on St. Mary’s please click HERE

For information about Household Waste on the Off Islands please click HERE

For information about Commercial Waste on the Off Islands please click HERE

If your collection has been missed please click HERE

 

Household Waste on St. Mary’s

The Council operates a weekly household collections service on St Mary’s.

A guide to Household Waste & Recycling on St Mary’s can be found HERE.

As of December 3rd the Council of the Isles of Scilly will be adding recycling to the collection rounds. 

The Council will collect your dry mixed recycling sacks on the same day your black bag waste is collected. Please be aware that because of this your collection day might have changed.

The Council ask that the following points are carried out at all times to avoid waste collections being refused.

·         All household waste, including cold ash must be presented in tied black bin liners. Bin liners need to be purchased by the householder, and will not be provided by the Council.

·         All refuse must be presented at the boundary of your property for collection. (If you have any mobility problems preventing you from carrying this out, please click here for more information on how we can help)

It is the Council’s recommendation that waste be contained in a dustbin with the lid firmly in place to prevent animals/gulls interfering with your waste. If refuse bags become torn it is the responsibility of the householder to clean up any mess. We also like to encourage all householders to recycle their clean glass and cans at the bring-to sites located in Hugh Town, Old Town and on the Porthmellon Business Park.

For those who wish to dispose of any household waste themselves, the Porthmellon Waste Site has a specified public area where you are permitted to dispose of household waste, such as garden waste or bulky items, that are not included in the Council’s collection service. As these items are not included in the Council’s weekly collection service, and should you need them collecting from your property, you will need to arrange for collection with a local haulier, and all costs incurred will be the responsibility of the householder and not the Council.

Household Waste Disposal & Recycling at the Porthmellon Site

Households wishing to dispose of waste at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre must adhere to the sites strict safety regulations.

For more information on opening hours, vehicle permits, and fees and charges please click here

 

 

 

Commercial Waste on St. Mary’s

Commercial business rates do not include the disposal of trade/commercial waste. A commercial enterprise must arrange waste removal with the Council or another licenced waste carrier. It is the responsibility of the trader to dispose of their waste in accordance with the Duty of Care Act 1990. Please note that businesses have a Duty of Care to ensure that all waste is stored and disposed of responsibly.

What is Duty of Care?

The Duty of Care is a law which says that businesses must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. Waste must be stored safely and securely and must not cause pollution to people or the environment.

The waste must be packaged in suitable containers so that it cannot fall out, blow away or escape from the receptacle.

It must be secured against unauthorised removal as far as is reasonably practical. Security should be sufficient to prevent the breaking open of containers and removal of waste by seagulls, other animals or the weather.

Commercial Waste Collections

The Council provides a commercial collection and disposal service for residual 'black' bag waste. If you wish to receive a collection for your businesses commercial waste please contact the Infrastructure team on 01720 424450 or email infrastructure@scilly.gov.uk .

What is the Cost for this Service?

Non Domestic Business Rates (NDRs) do not cover the removal or disposal of waste from business premises, the Council will remove and dispose of waste from commercial businesses for the cost of a pre-paid commercial waste sack. Please see our fees and charges list here.

Please note, if your property is ‘residential’ (where an element of Council Tax is paid) then you are allowed two standard black sacks per week for non-commercial (residential) waste. Holiday lets that are subject to Council Tax (rather than Non-Domestic Rates) are classed as ‘residential’ properties and therefore you are allowed 1 domestic bin of waste per week for that property. This means that there will only be a charge for waste collection where additional bins of waste on top of this allowance are produced as a result of letting the property as holiday accommodation.  

Please see the attached request form for commercial waste sacks here. This form should be completed by Commercial Waste Customers only (owners/occupiers of properties which are Non-Domestic Rated). 

Commercial Waste Disposal & Recycling at the Porthmellon Site

Commercial businesses wishing to dispose of waste at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre must have all the necessary PPE and adhere to the sites strict safety regulations.

For more information on opening hours, vehicle permits, and fees and charges please click here

 

 

 

Household Waste on the Off Islands

The Council of the Isles of Scilly manages waste and recycling on St Agnes, Bryher and St Martin’s. There is a dedicated waste management site on each of the islands where materials are stored prior to them being transported to St Mary’s for processing. All off island residents, with the exception of St Martin’s, at present to not benefit from waste & recycling collections. Therefore all waste & recycling is required to be bought down to site by residents and businesses.

 

Opening times for the waste management sites on each island varies. Please call 01720 424450 for updated information on when the sites are open for waste & recycling acceptance.

 

 

Commercial Waste on the Off Islands

Commercial business rates do not include the disposal of trade/commercial waste. A commercial enterprise must arrange waste removal with the Council or another licenced waste carrier. It is the responsibility of the trader to dispose of their waste in accordance with the Duty of Care Act 1990. Please note that businesses have a Duty of Care to ensure that all waste is stored and disposed of responsibly.

What is Duty of Care?

The Duty of Care is a law which says that businesses must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. Waste must be stored safely and securely and must not cause pollution to people or the environment.

The waste must be packaged in suitable containers so that it cannot fall out, blow away or escape from the receptacle.

It must be secured against unauthorised removal as far as is reasonably practical. Security should be sufficient to prevent the breaking open of containers and removal of waste by seagulls, other animals or the weather.

Off-island commercial waste disposal.

What is the Cost for this Service?

Non Domestic Business Rates (NDRs) do not cover the removal or disposal of waste from business premises, the Council will remove and dispose of waste from commercial businesses for the cost of a pre-paid commercial waste sack.

Please note, if your property is ‘residential’ (where an element of Council Tax is paid) then you are allowed two standard black sacks per week for non-commercial (residential) waste. Holiday lets that are subject to Council Tax (rather than Non-Domestic Rates) are classed as ‘residential’ properties and therefore you are allowed 1 domestic bin of waste per week for that property. This means that there will only be a charge for waste collection where additional bins of waste on top of this allowance are produced as a result of letting the property as holiday accommodation.  

Please see the attached request form for commercial waste sacks here. This form should be completed by Commercial Waste Customers only (owners/occupiers of properties which are Non-Domestic Rated). 

 Charges for Off Island Commercial Waste

From 1 April 2016 the Council of the Isles of Scilly will be introducing charges for off-island commercial waste for St Agnes, Bryher and St Martin’s to ensure that a fair system for charging for commercial waste is put in place across the islands. The cost of disposing of Scilly’s waste is high due to the islands’ distance from the mainland, a lack of on-island infrastructure to appropriately deal with waste in compliance with the law, and a low population base spread across 5 islands. It is therefore essential that charges are applied to commercial waste to cover the true costs of its disposal.

Please click here for a list of fees and charges