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A waste free beautiful paradise

An island that has just over 2,000 people has managed to get 78% of its residents using home composters. The Isles of Scilly is 32 miles away from Cornwall and is based in the Atlantic Ocean. It has no landfill site, offers no kerbside collection and has one in-vessel composter. Yet, its residents have managed to home compost most of its food waste. Council of the Isles of Scilly chief technical officer Neville Gardner said: Not a lot of local authorities can claim that they have a 78% uptake for home composting. We have been running this scheme for the last couple of years and these figures reflect the last financial year [2005-2006]. This island is close to paradise and the most beautiful place I have come across. So when residents compost their waste it is a product of where they live. They are very keen to do anything which means that they preserve the beauty of the place. It has a total of eight recycling banks for cans and glass banks. Scilly does not offer paper or plastic recycling, as it costs a significant amount to transport the paper to the mainland. The home composting rate is a contrast to the most recent Government figures for recycling and composting. In 2005/6 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed that Scilly had a zero rate for recycling and composting. Gardner said: By virtue of our size, whatever we do we are unlikely to dramatically alter UK statistics. It is unfortunate we got zero but this does not really reflect what is happening in Scilly. We are quite happy with our communitys environmental commitment to the island.

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