The Porthmellon Waste & Recycling Site is operated and managed by the Council of the Isles of Scilly under an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency.
Historically, the Council’s handling of waste has not been sustainable. Non-combustible waste, in particular, had built up over a number of years due to the limited functions of the ageing incinerator.
The Porthmellon Site has recently undergone a major redevelopment, changing the way we handle waste on the islands, thanks to a £3.6 million DEFRA grant, to create a modern waste management facility. The development of the waste management site has been essential to ensure compliance with Environment Agency requirements. The changes on site will also greatly improve rates of reuse and recycling and bring the increasing costs of waste management under control.