‘No Firm Date’ For Recycling Collections As More Bottle Banks Installed

recycling pointsThe Council says they still don’t have a firm date for the introduction of domestic recycled waste collections on St Mary’s and instead they’ve placed extra bottle banks around the island so residents can do it themesleves.

The Authority ran a trial scheme in Old Town last winter but in July, the Chairman of General Purposes, Cllr Steve Sims, said that couldn’t be rolled out to the rest of St Mary’s because there’s not enough room at Moorwell.

An islands-based contractor, United Environmental Solutions, transported around 3,600 tonnes of old black bag waste from the site to landfill on the mainland earlier this year.

But nine months on from the Old Town trial, the Council says they’re still assessing the options in relation to recycling, including the type of system they adopt, and the equipment and vehicle that would be necessary.

New glass bins have been placed at Telegraph, the Atlantic Slipway, the hospital and behind the toilets on The Strand. There are also extra bins installed at the Town Hall and Old Town.

Cllr Sims said this will make it easier for residents living out of town, and those without transport, to drop off their waste.

Over the summer, Council officers arranged meetings with business owners after many continued to use domestic recycling points to drop off their glass waste, instead of paying to dispose of it at the Moorwell dump. Some councillors criticised the Authority for confusion and a lack of communication over the introduction of the new charges.

Cllr Sims declined an interview to talk about the recycling progress.

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