Waste Problems Being Tackled Says Council

Waste management site at Moorwell

The Council says the problems with waste at Moorwell are being tackled.

Chief Technical Officer, Neville Gardner, said they’ve moved around 500 tonnes of scrap metal and inert material off the waste site. He said it “would be nice to alter things more rapidly” at Moorwell, but feels significant progress is now being made.

And he told Councillors he’s looking for a lasting solution to waste issues in the years to come.

Councillors approved the use of an additional £228,000 to address the problems. This has been brought forward, with Defra’s agreement, from next year’s budget and brings the Council’s total funding to spend on waste management this year to £528,000.

And Neville said improvements were also planned for the off-island waste sites.

In his report, he said work on Bryher had commenced, and is due to be complete by mid-June.

Improvements to the waste facilities on St Agnes and St Martin’s will follow later in the year, and completed by next April.

He said their goal is to ensure each off-island has a supervised waste compound with improved access. He said this will allow for more effective and user-friendly recycling facilities.

Councillor John Goddard said no one would be, “more pleased than him to see improvements to the off-island facilities” but he didn’t think the recommendations would solve the problems.

He said the St Martin’s waste site was in a terrible state and it was lucky it was out of the view of the public. He said the operators of that site should spend more time managing it.

Neville said St Martin’s is the last site to be addressed and he said SLR, the Council’s waste management consultants, were looking at what could be done there.

He said there was also “an element of training required” and he felt that operating the site only when staff are present will prevent the “dump-it-and-run” attitude of some users on St Martin’s. The fact that the facility was hidden, he said, could be a disadvantage.

Councillor Julia Day said the site operators should not be “invited” but “required” to attend training.

Neville said St Agnes was now the model for how they wanted to operate and that site had provided a lot of learning for the Technical Services team.

Neville said he wanted to facilitate the maximum amount of recycling on the off-islands, within the funding available. He said they’re already recycling metal and there could soon be an option for glass too.