New group hopes to improve St Ives’ ‘creaking’ waste management system

A better waste disposal system for St Ives 

Dealing with waste in St Ives.

 I am optimistic that a new group set up to improve St Ives’ creaking waste and recycling management system will have a positive impact.

Comprising local residents, environmental campaigners, town and Cornwall councillors, St Ives BID members and Cornwall Council officers, as well as myself, the action group met for the first time after a conversation I had with local businessman Raven Williams.

I think it’s fair to say that the waste collection system in St Ives is creaking at the seams – it’s estimated that the population of St Ives quadruples during the summer, which adds enormously to the pressures on the town’s waste service.

Everyone who came along to the meeting had a story to tell about the disappointment that visitors feel when they find they can’t recycle responsibly like they can at home, or when they see rubbish blowing out from over-filled bins into the sea.

It was very encouraging to see so many people sitting around the table and to hear the many imaginative and workable solutions put forward to solve the particular issues around waste management in St Ives.

As well as agreeing to meet again in a couple of months, the group came up with three key action points at the meeting:

a)     the group will get involved and do what it to support the Plastic Free campaign in the town;

b)     it will look to identify solutions to enable the creation of a recycling destination to simplify and better manage recycling demand in St Ives;

c)     the group will work with Cornwall Council to provide readily available recycling bins for pedestrian use.