Islanders Given Opportunity To Hear Waste Plans
The Moorwell Alp will be flattened within three years, there’ll be recycling on St Mary’s although you’ll have to take your separated waste to the dump yourself and there will be a replacement for the incinerator that captures the heat to create power.
These are some of the proposals for waste management on St Mary’s, which will be presented by consultants SLR for your feedback next week.
Under the plan, off-island waste facilities will be open at set times and supervised, following the success of that approach on St Agnes.
The Council needs to show progress with waste management over the next three years.
Defra has given a £6m grant so far and a further £6.6m is conditional on measurable progress.
Andy Street of SLR has spent four years working on Scilly’s waste management issues.
He says the removal of the rubbish mound at Moorwell won’t happen overnight but is achievable in the timeline proposed, with the support of the various agencies involved on the islands.
He says the Defra funding is very significant, given the size of the islands’ population, and was one of the only projects to survive the strategic spending review at the start of the new parliament.
And it offers a real opportunity to transform the waste system on the islands, particularly at Moorwell, says Andy.
There’s also likely to be recycling on St Mary’s too, if you take your separated waste to the dump yourself. Under the plans, it won’t be collected at the kerbside as it is on the mainland, but the aim is create a facility that’s well designed and that people actually want to use.
Andy says there are discreet stockpiles of materials currently on the site, and the amount and nature of these have been surveyed. Some have already been removed to the mainland, such as glass and metal, while others could be recycled for use in building projects on the islands.
Anything hazardous will be removed from site, says Andy, and if necessary, taken to the mainland.
The incinerator is old, inefficient technology and this, combined with restricted space, has produced something that would not be normal practice on the mainland.
There are plans to replace this with a state-of-the-art ‘energy from waste’ system, meeting all European standards, but also providing an efficient way to generate renewable power for the islands.
Andy says his team expects criticism from the public over the state of the dump and they won’t attempt to defend that. But he says the situation has arisen through no fault of anyone and is simply a reflection of the prevailing space and technology.
They’re seeking genuine feedback from the public and a focus on the solutions going forward.