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Separating Waste Operation and Regulation 20 July 2004

The Department of Local Government and the Environment has launched a consultation exercise to help the Council of Ministers to determine the best and most cost effective way of separating the operational functions relating to waste from the regulatory functions for which the Department is responsible. This consultation honours a commitment given by the Chief Minister to Tynwald earlier this year that the views of all interested parties would be sought before Council reached a conclusion on the matter.

The Department has written to all Local Authorities and other organisations involved in waste management and has sent them a Consultation Document setting out a number of options upon which their views are being invited. The advantages and disadvantages of each option and the additional costs of each one are set out in the document, though it is pointed out that an accurate, cost benefit analysis has not been possible at this stage because there are so many imponderables. Much will depend on which option is eventually decided upon.

One of the six options which has been identified is to establish a new Waste Management Board, though Tynwald revoked the Waste Management Board Order in March 2004 as the Council of Ministers had reservations about the need to establish another Statutory Board. Other options include possible transfer of responsibility for Waste Operations to the Department of Transport or making alternative arrangements for regulation by a United Kingdom body.

Speaking about the consultation exercise, the Minister for Local Government and the Environment, the Hon. John Rimington MHK said:

"Whilst the concept of separating the operational from the regulatory functions is desirable, this is often difficult to achieve fully in a small jurisdiction and, of course, this is not a problem that relates purely to waste management. What the Council of Ministers is seeking to achieve, however, is the most appropriate and cost effective solution for the Isle of Man so that the public can have confidence that waste operations are regulated robustly in the interest of protecting our environment and quality of life. I hope there will be a good response from interested parties that will enable the Council of Ministers to determine the best way forward."

Anyone who does not receive a copy of the Consultation Document may obtain one by calling at the Department's offices at Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas or by telephoning 685196.

Any body or person wishing to submit views on the options set out in the Consultation Document is requested to do so in writing, addressing them to the Chief Executive of the Department to arrive no later than the 1st September 2004.

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