The Council of the Isles of Scilly aims to work with local businesses and the community to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much of the islands waste as possible.

The Council is working hard to improve current rates of diversion through reduction and recycling. A recycling round for St Mary's will be implemented in 2016, this will be rolled out to the Off Islands through their bring sites. Once the Porthmellon Waste Site is redeveloped there will be increased opportunities to recycle even more.

The more the islands reduce waste and recycle the less it will cost the community as a whole.

How can I help to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle?

  • The Council operates recycling banks, located at the back of the Town Hall, on the Atlantic Slipway, at the Rechabite Boat Park, and also at Telegraph, where members of the public are able to recycle their clean glass, cans and tins.
  • Christmas tree recycling is also available in early January. Members of the public can bring their trees to the back of the Town Hall or to a location in Old Town and place them in the allocated trailers. Please do not put plastic trees, lights or decorations in these- just the natural trees please.
  • There are also two bring to locations for recycling batteries, these can be found at the One Stop Shop in the Council's reception area and in Home Hardware on Garrison Lane.
  • The Salvation Army also have a recycling bank for clothing items that is also located at the back of the Town Hall, alternatively you are able to donate any unwanted clothing to the Charity Shop on Church Street.
  • The Porthmellon Waste Management Site accepts other items for recycling, including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), tyres and separated wood and garden waste 

Top Tips on how you can help Reduce Waste:

  • Positive Shopping

Up to 50% of household waste is made up of food waste, on average a house hold with throw away £50 per month! For more ideas on how to reduce your food waste visit Love Food Hate Waste.

  • Real Nappies

Disposable nappies can double the amount of waste a family produces and can take hundreds of years to breakdown. If you would like to learn more about reusable nappies visit the "Go Real" Website.

  • Composting

A good compost bin or heap will convert almost all of your garden waste, and some food waste, into useful compost and the more things that you put in, the better the bin will work.

  • Mail Preference

Unwanted mail is an increasing source of rubbish. The Mail Preference Service is free and allows consumers to have their names removed from lists used by postal companies. It could stop up to 95% of your Junk mail - Just remember to renew it every year

There are loads of great ideas out there for reusing items. Take a look at

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