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Waste Report Recommends Kerbside Collection 9 December 2005

    A MAJOR step forward in the Island’s efforts to protect the environment through recycling is being proposed by the Department of Local Government and the Environment (DLGE).

    A DLGE report recommends that kerbside collection of household waste should be introduced in towns and villages across the Island by April 2008, to be partly funded by income from waste charges.

    The report, which follows public consultation on the way forward for waste management, is due to be debated at the January 2006 sitting of Tynwald.

    It says kerbside collection is environmentally responsible but will mean increased costs for local authorities, (who are legally responsible for waste collection), which could be alleviated by some of the income from the proposed new waste charging structure.

    As set out in the original consultation document issued in September this year, DLGE recommends reducing the effective waste charge for commercial users from £100 to £72 per tonne, but increasing the effective charge for domestic users from £10 to £24 per tonne (an increase of £14 a year, or £1.18 a month, for the average household).

    The report points out that the ‘user pays principle’ of funding waste disposal at the Energy from Waste plant via a charge on local authorities has been Tynwald policy since 1994, made clear on many occasions since then.

    However, taking into account responses to the consultation, the Department is proposing a change of approach so that effective waste charges reflect only the operational cost of running the Energy from Waste plant, and exclude the capital cost which is to be met from Central Government revenues.

    Looking forward, the report says a partnership approach is needed on waste management. However, it concedes that over recent decades there has been a lack of confidence in the Department’s ability to deliver on this issue, along with concerns over its ability to exercise its regulatory functions whilst still retaining an operational role and its role in relation to local authorities.

    The report calls for a ‘fresh start’ on waste management by moving waste operations away from DLGE to a new home elsewhere in Government as soon as possible.

    For further information please contact:

    John Rimington, MHK
    Department of Local Government & the Environment
    Telephone: 01624 685859

    9th December 2005

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