Off Island Waste & Recycling Sites

The Council of the Isles of Scilly manages waste and recycling on St Agnes, Bryher and St Martin's under waste management contracts which are delivered by third party contractors. The Council processes and arranges for the final disposal of residual waste arising from Tresco Estate under a separate contract, but the daily waste operation is carried out by the Estate.

On each Council managed off island there is a dedicated waste management 'bring site' where all materials are stored prior to them being transported to St Mary's for processing. All off island residents & businesses, with the exception of St Martin’s, at present do not benefit from waste & recycling collections. Therefore all waste & recycling is required to be brought to site.

Opening times for the waste management sites on each island varies and are subject to change. 

St Agnes 

Fridays 14:00 - 15:00

Sundays 10:00 – 11:00


Summer: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 17:00-18:00 

Winter: Fri 16:00-17:00 

Large volumes or large items by telephone appointment only. Please call Mr Langdon on 07810044170

St Martins

Friday 14:00-16:00 by telephone appointment only. Please call Mr Morton on 07786535470


For Commercial waste information on the Off Islands please see our Off Island Commercial Waste page


Click here to download a PDF of our waste and reycling guidance. 


What do i include in my household 'blue', recycling sack?


All items must be clean & dry and free from contaminants such as food, and glitter.

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs & trays
  • Household metals (aerosols, tin foil, tin cans).



  • Glass bottles & jars (we recycle these locally and so need to be taken to a bottle bank)
  • Paper of card with glue, glitter, embellishments or ribbons
  • Drink cartons
  • Tetra Pak 
  • Water filters 
  • Coffee pods
  • Pet food pouches
  • Baby food pouches
  • Plastic film & wrapping

If you put items in your recycling that we can’t accept, all the recycling may be rejected.

What is my household allocation of recycling sacks?

The Council issues two rolls of 25 sacks to each household per year. We deliver these approximately every 6 months.

This roughly equates to an allocation of 1 sack per property, per week.

If you run out of sacks before your next allocation is due you will need to fill out a Householder Recycling Sack Request Form

What do I include in my residual 'black bag' waste sacks?

Please put all non-recyclable items in your black bag waste i.e. food waste (unless you compost at home), soiled products, nappies, sanitary, plastic films and wrapping.

Your black bags should not contain any bulky, hazardous or electrical waste.

Where do I take other material I need to dispose of?

Plastic film, plastic bags and crisp packets – look for local recycling options, or to your local waste & recycling facility

Compostable food and garden waste – great for your home compost or to your local waste & recycling facility

Clothes, shoes, fabrics – charity shops, bring bank, or to your local waste & recycling facility

All other material e.g., electrical items, scrap metal items, large rigid plastic items, household & garden chemicals, glass need to be brought to your local waste & recycling site for safe disposal / further recycling. Please contact or call 01720 424400 to book a slot to bring your items to the St Marys Waste and Recycling Centre.  

Containing Your Waste Well 

It is really important that we all make every effort to contain our waste & recycling properly. Strewn waste poses a significant health issue for our wildlife, our environment and our community. It also places an unnecessary burden on the waste & recycling collection team.

Until we collect your waste and recycling, it is your responsibility to make sure it is contained properly so that pests or weather cannot strew it around.

We recommend that you put your waste into either a seagull/pest proof sack, (which can be packed away between collections so don’t take up valuable space,) a bin with a lid, or a wheelie bin (up to 240ltrs). Seagull proof sacks, bins and wheelie bins can be purchased online or enquire at your local hardware shop.

You can also buy seagull proof sacks directly from the Council.