Although a lot of work went into trying to get a reuse and recycling project off the ground, in the end it wasn’t possible. The trust advertised for expressions of interest in the equipment that had been obtained and are pleased to announce that Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre Development Trust will be making use of the glass imploder and can crusher, and there has been interest from a local group in the biofuels equipment.
David Knight from the Big Lottery was on Westray on Thursday 5th July to carry out an inspection of the projects that they funded. He was very complimentary of the success of the projects which included the turbine, fuel poverty, learning centre, golf course, biofuels and waste.
One of the goals of the 2005 Development Plan was to enhance recycling and waste disposal facilities. The Trust purchased a 3 Ha site at Gallowhill, and created an earth bunded area of hardstanding, with a smaller bunded concrete pad (to contain liquid spills). A project manager was appointed part time to investigate the ideas, including trials of biofuels processing. It was very difficult to show that any recycling project could be viable and that made it impossible to get the funding it required. With the council beginning kerbside recycling on Westray the need for a recycling facility was much reduced, and the decision made to wind up the project. The small equipment obtained for the project was passed to other not-for-profit groups. The site remains an asset of the trust.