Council to pilot recycling collection round

In January 2018 the Council will launch a pilot recycling collection round for residents of Telegraph and McFarland’s Down on St Mary’s.

The scheme will enable householders to separate paper, cardboard, plastic and tin cans for recycling alongside their normal waste collection. Bottles will still need to be taken to the recycling banks as normal (tin cans can be taken to Bring sites too, if residents prefer). Residents taking part in the pilot have now received clear sacks and information explaining what to do and when the collections will start.

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. 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.

Councillor Ted Moulson, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, 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.”

If residents would like more information on the recycling pilot please contact the Waste & Recycling team on 01720 424000 or email

Publishing date: 
Thursday, 21 December, 2017
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