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Site poses a 'unique challenge'

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

The Moorwell "Alp" whose imminent clearance could  lead to  a rat problem.

The Moorwell "Alp" whose imminent clearance could lead to a rat problem.

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WITH a pre-Christmas start to the exodus of refuse from the much-derided Moorwell site on St Mary's, consultants SLR have pledged that March 31 is "a clear line in the sand" for completion.

They also promise a gassing "quick hit" on Moorwell vermin – the tails of dead rats could then be cut off, as they were in the St Agnes rat extermination programme, and sent for DNA testing to determine resistance to poison.

A public forum drew a lean response, with just eight people there, and only one representative of the previously most vocal (and affected) island, St Mary's.

SLR's Nigel Cronin, while professing to be confident of the "export methodology", said that Moorwell presented a unique challenge. He recalled that his first visit left the impression of a "third world development".

The Cornwall disposal capacity was finite, he warned, and he was unable to be precise about how big a dent would be made in the Moorwell refuse pile, dubbed the "Alp".

He estimated that 18 to 20 per cent would be removed which would translate into a sizeable reduction.

With disposal seemingly assured and the recent arrival of a glass crusher, thoughts have turned to long-term waste management methods – in particular recycling – with a trial mooted early next year.

It was agreed that the essential elements for successful recycling were system and education.

Mark Prebble, an unsuccessful Green Party candidate in a recent local election, said they should go the extra mile when a new system was adopted.

He said that Scilly's size lent itself to achieving a "gold standard". The community should not just be expected to recycle, it should be told.

"Ensure the system has teeth," urged Marian Bennett. If it didn't work word would soon get out in a small community like Scilly.

It was about making those involved in separation and recycling "proud".

Nick Shiles explained the "kitchen to the dump" tri-bin workings of the successful Tresco system.

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