A £900,000 contract for the removal of legacy waste from the Isles of Scilly Council waste management site, known as the 'Moorwell Alp', has been awarded to a consortium.
A joint venture concern, United Environmental Solutions Ltd, comprises two island businesses – Richard Hand Haulage and Blackwell Building Services and a mainland specialist marine transport company, Teignmouth Marine Services.
The waste – as much as 2,700 tonnes – will be bagged and transported to a waste disposal site near Liskeard in Cornwall.
A start will be made at the end of January and it is intended the works will be completed by the end of next March.
The work is being funded by the Department for Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of long- term islands' waste management strategy.
Tenders are being sought to deal with any consequent vermin problem at the site.
The next phase of the strategy will include the processing and recovery of other materials remaining on the site, such as ash from the incinerator and waste from construction and demolition projects.
A dedicated project manager is to be engaged to oversee the removal of the legacy refuse.
The appointment, initially for 12 months, was recommended by Defra which is funding the long-awaited exercise. The manager is to ensure the work is completed in the agreed time and within budget.