Domestic Recycling Has To Wait For Moorwell Changes

moorwell dump with truckThe Chairman of the General Purposes Committee says recycling collections, trialled in Old Town over winter, can’t be rolled out to the rest of St Mary’s because there’s not enough room at Moorwell.

Cllr Steve Sims says he hoped it could start in April, but says they now need more space and equipment, such as a metal baler, to allow processing of the recycled material.

At the last General Purposes meeting in June, the Council’s waste manager, Nigel Cronin said they were aiming to start domestic recycling in September, but it now looks like this date will also be missed.

Steve says the first stage is to get rid of the so-called bottom ash – the waste from the incinerator, which has built up on the site over many years.

He’s hoping to start shipping that to the mainland in the autumn.

A private contractor removed around 3,600 tonnes of old black bag waste from the site earlier this year. That was sent for landfill.

Cllr Sims says there’s still “substantial money” from Defra left to complete the work.

And he says that while it doesn’t look like a lot is happening, there’s actually a huge amount of work going on to get through the red tape.

He’s hoping to bring a full report on progress to councillors in October.