A waterborne waste and recycling facility – thought to be the first of its kind in the country – was launched by South Hams District Council last week.
The new waste and recycling centre gets put to the test
The pontoon housing containers for recycling plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard, as well as general waste, will replace a floating skip that was located just off Salcombe harbour for many years.
A second similar pontoon is due to be added to another visitors’ mooring area located further up the estuary. To make it simple and easy to separate their waste on board, visiting vessels will receive free packs of reusable waste sorting bags and clear instruction leaflets.
Councillor David May said: “As a Council we are committed to maintaining a clean environment and are proud to be furthering our recycling efforts in this innovative way. We want to ensure that residents and visitors have access to our recycling scheme or facilities to recycle whether they are on land or water.”
The project was achieved through partnership funding with the Environment Agency, the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and The Green Blue – a joint initiative by the Royal Yachting Association and the British Marine Federation.
Green Blue project manager Sarah Black said: “We would encourage other Harbour Authorities, marinas and yacht clubs to follow this great example and to take a look at how they can make a positive impact on their own area.”