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Future Landfill Provision for the Isle of Man 12 August 2005

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment will be closing its landfill operations at Wright’s Pits in Bride on the 31st December 2005, when the existing planning consent expires.

    The Department’s proposed landfill site within the Archallagan Plantation will not be ready to take over from Wright’s Pits in January 2006. The proposed use of a part of the Archallagan Plantation as a landfill site was not universally accepted and some residents, particularly those in the Parishes of Patrick, German and Marown opposed the planning application.

    Acknowledging the representations made by these residents and the Island’s landfill need to have available capacity from 1st January 2006, the Department has been actively seeking alternative disposal routes. One or more such routes are required for the wastes currently delivered to Wright’s Pit, at least in the short-term until Archallagan is ready to take the waste. As for the medium to longer term the Department is reviewing the Island’s needs, which have changed since the Archallagan planning application was originally submitted and as a part of that review, will be assessing how best to ensure these essential needs are met.

    The Department is now able to report that, subject to the issuing of a revised Waste Disposal Licence (currently out for consultation), it intends to enter into an agreement with the Colas Group. The agreement allows the Colas Group to provide landfill capacity for bottom ash from the Energy-from-Waste facility and asbestos from demolition works in the short-to-medium term.

    The above agreement means a change in approach for Isle of Man Government but it should not be taken to mean that Archallagan may not still be developed for the future. However the agreement does allow the Department time to commission a new design for Archallagan, based on a smaller site further away from neighbouring residents.

    A revised planning application for Archallagan will not now be submitted until after the consultation on the updated Waste Management Strategy, which is expected to begin shortly. The new Strategy will clearly define landfill provision for the future including the part the Archallagan site could play as a strategic reserve.

    John Rimington, Minister for Local Government and the Environment, said:

    “The Department is pleased that it has entered into a new partnership agreement with the Colas Group to provide landfill capacity in the future for the two main waste types delivered to the current Government-owned sites at Bride. These sites have served the Island well for a number of years without any evidence of adverse long term environmental impact.
    In the evolving world of waste management, strategies and policies are forever changing. The Waste Operations Management Unit within my Department has recognised this; that, combined with decreasing levels of waste needing to be landfilled has led to the search for alternatives in the Private Sector for landfill provision rather than construct a new landfill site at this time. Clearly, we shall have to monitor the success of the arrangement in the light of experience.”

    12th August 2005

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