Recycling Feasible Says Local Hotel

St Mary's Hall Hotel

A St Mary’s businessman says he’s taking positive action to try and reduce the height of the islands’ Moorwell Alp rubbish dump by exporting waste to Cornwall for recycling.

Clifford Freeman says he’s been told that sending rubbish to the mainland isn’t viable but he’s determined to prove that it can be done.

He’s investing around £5,000 in a bailer to bundle plastics and cardboard, which will be sent to Cornish recycling facilities.

Clifford says the sale of the plastic will cover costs and he’s entered into a partnership with the IoS Steamship Company who have negotiated a green tariff for the transfer of waste.

At the moment, rubbish from the Scillonian is left on St Mary’s but, as part of the deal, he says the company will send their recyclables to the Hotel for sorting and bailing before they are shipped to Cornwall.

And Clifford says he’s going to ask the self-catering accommodation owners whom he represents through Island Properties if they want to be part of the recycling scheme.

Owner Clifford Freeman

He says guests often separate their waste because they are used to doing that at home on the mainland. And while the hotel staff will continue to take glass down to the Council-operated bottle bank, Clifford says there are still some items that can’t be recycled, such as plastics or film that have been in contact with raw meat and polystyrene.

The hotel’s food waste will soon be managed with a set of 7 wormeries, one for each day of the week. They’ll break down leftovers into a rich slurry that he says is full of nutrients and could be used by local produce growers.


3 Responses to Recycling Feasible Says Local Hotel

  1. Todd Stevens May 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Give me huge wages like thiers, then maybe. : )

    Obviously being very witty there Hecuba- but it was totally lost on me mate. Bit fik me-see!

  2. Hecuba May 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Todd, what a legend! Your research, undoubtedly thorough, could be the answer!! Why don’t you get an updated set of estimates and send it in to the council? I’ll start looking into the legalities of what can be burned, can’t be burned, should be burned etc. (I’m pretty good on pyrotechnics after the sacking of my home city state; ask Cassandra about this) and will submit this information to the relevant authorities too. We can get Clifford down to the ‘foothills’ with his new fangled baler and see if the Steamship Co will extend their discounts to the Municipal Mount Reduction Alliance (henceforth MMRA). This stirring episode of a community coming together could be the thrilling climax to the suggested feature film (see article on St Agnes film maker) and would be a little like we had crossed Erin Brockovich with that Hugh Grant number ‘The Man Who Went up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain’. Suggestions of snappy titles from the forum please! In the meantime don’t for goodness sake let anyone put any other large deposits on the Moorwell Matterhorn. Todd, I’m relying on you to set an example here! No more trailer loads, okay?

  3. Todd Stevens May 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    About 5 years ago I looked into what it would take to ship the lot of it to Nottingham for burning in their two huge incinerators. (All estimates) Yes it was an expensive logistical problem- but if I can sort it- (and this bloke clifford can) then why cant our officers at the council do it – they have been paid enough for it over the last 10+years!!