Waste Contractors Give Details On Plans In Public Meeting

rubbish dump 3The waste from the Moorwell Alp should be cleared in seven boatloads.

Teignmouth Maritime Services have teamed up with islands-based Blackwell Building and Richard Hand Haulage on the project.

Yesterday they answered questions at a public meeting at the Old Wesleyan Chapel.

They’ve chartered a Scottish vessel, the MV Burhow, to move the material to Plymouth for onward transfer to landfill near Liskeard.

It’ll be able to handle a force 9 gale in a following sea, and will need to cope with the potentially rough winter conditions, as the job has to be completed by the end of March.

Giles Squirrell from TMS says islanders asked him yesterday why they were taking waste through the town when it could go straight across the road to Porthmellon.

But he says moving the waste from the beach would need a landing craft-type vessel, and it would have to be containerised.

That means taking smaller quantities on each load.

Giles says all the waste will be carried in heavy-duty industrial sacking and placed in sealed holders on the lorries, so there’s little chance of the bags splitting and leaking in transit.

Multinational hygiene services company Ecolab have won the contract to deal with any pests dislodged during the work.

They estimate around 300 rats could be living at Moorwell.

Paul Rawding, the General Manager for Ecolab UK and Ireland, says they’ll use gas to kill the rats in their burrows. Traps and fencing will be used for long-term control.

There are cockroaches there too, which will be dealt with through spraying, and they can’t fly because it’s too cold.

Locals who feel they have any problems with pests caused by the clearance work will be able to call for free assistance.

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