Recycling in Scilly

Please see the Council's waste & recycling leaflets downloadable at the side of this page for more information.

What can you include in your BLUE recycling Sacks?

The Council runs a mixed recycling​ service (with kerbside collections on St Mary's and St Martin's). This means that all of the recycling materials stated below can be placed in one sack for collection. Please make sure that everything is clean and dry before it is placed in the recycling sacks. The recycling material must be placed inside the sack with the sack tied at the top. Any over-sized 'side' items will not be collected. Any sacks which do not meet requirements will ​not​ be collected. Below is the list of items that can be collected. 


What about recycling the council cannot collect? 

For St Mary's Households:

Glass bottles and jars cannot be collected at the kerbside but you can also drop them off at one of the community bring sites (bottle banks) located at the Strand, rear of the Town Hall, Telegraph, and Nowhere Car Park in Old Town.


For items that cannot be collected by the Council but are recyclable (electronic items, rubble, large metal items, bike tyres etc) can all be taken to the Porthmellon Waste & Recycling Site.

Please make sure you check the opening times before you head out.


While most items are free for householders there are charges for certain items. Check out the link below for more information: Household Charges



​For Off-Island Households:

​All the recycling on the off islands can be dropped off at the islands' waste management site. The sites opening times are displayed on the site sign and may vary depending on demand and the time of the year. If you are having any issues with the off island waste sites please do not hesitate to get in contact with the infrastructure department on 01720 424450 or via email on 

Requesting Additional Blue Recycling Sacks

Blue recycling sacks are issued twice a year by the Council (usually every 6 months). If you find you have run out of sacks before the next drop off, or have been missed off the drop, please contact the infrastructure team on or on 01720 424450. You may be asked to fill out the householder request form