Visiting the Porthmellon Waste and Recycling Site

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The Waste and Recycling Centre located at Porthmellon on St Marys is operated and managed by the Council of the Isles of Scilly, under an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency.
The Council operates the site for the disposal of household 'domestic residential' waste and commercial waste. It is important that you ensure you visit the waste site on the correct days. Household waste services are funded by Council Tax income and not provided for commercially generated waste. 
Businesses, and anyone producing commercial waste as a result of their business activity need to ensure they comply with the Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012. A vehicle permit system is in place for commercial waste & recycling disposal at the Porthmellon Waste & Recycling Site. If you are suspected of disposing of commercial waste as household waste you may be refused access to the site. 
For more information please see the links below:







Opening Times

Household Waste & Recycling: Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:00 to 16:45.

Commercial Waste & Recycling: Monday and Wednesday 13:00 to 16:45 and Friday 13:00 to 15:45.

 We ask all site users to respect the speed limit of 5mph on entry to and from the site, and to adhere to the sites Health & Safety as advised by site staff.    

Permits are required for the disposal of all commercial waste and recycling.

If you have a commercial vehicle and wish to dispose of household waste you need to apply for a Temporary Waste Permit. Please see links above.                                 

Items accepted on Site

Fees and charges apply for the disposal of commercial waste and extra-ordinary household DIY waste. 


Glass bottles & jars

Cooking Oil

Green Garden waste

Scrap metal (metal bed frames, metal garden furniture etc)

DIY Waste £ (plasterboard, ceramics, soil and rubble etc.)


Small Electrical Items (WEEE)

Large Electrical Items (WEEE)

Batteries (household, car/bike)

Energy efficinent lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes


Asbestos £ (restrictions apply. Please call 01720 424550 or email

Plasterboard £

Waste Fuel Oil ad Filters

Paint £

Large bulky items (plastic, wooden i.e. mattresses, toys, beds, chairs)

Household & garden chemcials 

Porthmellon Site Redevelopment

Historically, the Council’s handling of waste has not been sustainable. Non-combustible waste, in particular, has 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 have greatly improve rates of reuse and recycling.