West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas says he is 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 Mr Thomas, the action group met for the first time last Friday following a meeting with the MP and local businessman Raven Williams.
“I think it’s fair to say that the waste collection system in St Ives is creaking at the seams,” said Mr Thomas.
“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, and 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.
“I hope we can find solutions that do not penalise the thousands of visitors who come to St Ives and which make it possible for the town to become a beacon for the way that it deals with its waste through excellent environmental practice,” added Mr Thomas.
Mr Williams said the meeting had been ‘positive’.
“It was clear that local residents, business owners, and visitors are all united in wanting to help protect and maintain the town's local environment, hopefully we can all push forward with the some of the suggested solutions,” he said.
“The neglect of these services has been unacceptable- a feeling shared by all. Moving forward we can now all contribute and work together in helping to develop manageable waste solutions, as we need to make a change as soon as possible.”