Reopening the island’s waste & recycling sites

The Council’s Waste & Recycling sites across the Isles of Scilly will reopen from Thursday 14 May 2020 with different operating hours and essential restrictions in place. This follows Government guidance on Managing Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please ensure you read the guidance issued for each island before you plan a visit as it differs across our sites. We have also prepared some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you. All this information can also be found by visiting:

We emphasise the following important points to you before you plan a visit:

  • Residents must only visit sites if your waste and recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely without causing risk of injury, health or harm.
  • Any residents who are extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for shielding purposes, symptomatic with coronavirus (COVID-19); in a 14 day household isolation must not visit sites under any circumstances.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres must be observed on all sites where public access is granted. Anyone failing to comply with social distancing rules or advice issued by site operatives/contractors will be asked to leave the site. This may result in sites closing.
  • Please continue to consider whether you really need to undertake DIY or other tasks that could lead to a visit to the waste site. This will help ease the pressure on services at this time.

Please note that all waste and recycling collection services, including the Council’s additional collection service, as well as the community bring sites are continuing to operate as normal.

All waste and recycling site operations and services will be reviewed after one week. Any changes in our service provision will be communicated to residents as soon as possible.

Please contact the Council’s Infrastructure Department on 01720 424450 or email for more information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Publishing date: 
Monday, 11 May, 2020