We can all do our bit to help reduce waste and we should be doing more to reduce, reuse and recycle in Scilly.
If we all do something, even if it’s just one thing, we can all make a difference.
The Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly to help spread the word.
What can you do to help?
Think about the three R’s as often as you can:
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Step 1: Reduce the amount of waste produced to start with.
Did you know that each month the average family throws away £50 worth of food? Planning weekly meals should help avoid waste and save ££’s. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com they have lots of great ideas to help you save money and wastage, plus a free money saving app.
Buy goods which can be reused/recycled locally. For example, buy goods in glass or cans, instead of plastic.
Step 2: Reuse what you can.
Share books, pass on clothes and unwanted goods to others, repair or sell items which are no longer needed. Use the For Sale on Scilly Facebook page and Ebay.
Get composting-there are lots of helpful websites dedicating to helping you compost your food waste. http://www.recyclenow.com/home_composting/.
You don’t even need to be a gardener, maybe give you compost material to a friend/neighbour that is?
Get creative! There are loads of great ideas out there for reusing items, take a look at www.recyclethis.co.uk for inspiration.
Step 3: Recycle
You can recycle the following goods on St Mary’s:
· Batteries– you can recycle these at Home Hardware on St Mary’s;
· Glass– Bottle banks are located behind the Town Hall and in the Old Town Inn car park. There are also numerous recycling bins dotted aorund Hugh Town;
· Cans-Can banks are located behind the Town Hall and in the Old Town Inn car rark. There are also numerous recycling bins dotted around Hugh Town;
· Clothes– Take unwanted clothes to the Charity Shop at the Church Hall on St Mary’s, sell on ebay and on the For Sale on Scilly Facebook page. You can also take clothes and shoes to the Salvation Army collection bins behind the Town Hall. Organise a community jumble sale and raise money to help support a local charity.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly is now providing household collections for glass and cans in Old Town, St Mary’s.
The Moorwell Waste Site is equipped to deal with the seperation of metal, electronic and hazardous waste.
For more information, and to find out how waste here is dealt with, please visit the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s website.