Warning letter is paying off

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Residents in Port St Mary seem to have responded to a letter sent out by the commissioners’ office asking them to reduce the amount of rubbish they put in bins and recycle more.

Figures shown to commissioners, at the board’s August 21 meeting, demonstrate the tonnage of waste generated in the village has reduced since the commissioners’ technical officer Brian Boyle wrote to residents warning them about increases in waste disposal charges and asking them to recycle more.

In the letter, sent out on March 11, Mr Boyle outlined the hike in waste disposal charges at the incinerator, which will increase every year from £57.35 per tonne in April 2013 to £161.35 per tonne (plus indexation) in April 2018.

Mr Boyle wrote: ‘This will inevitably lead to increased rates for every authority in the island’ and he asked that people recycle more, leading to ‘minimal disposal charges’ and savings.

The letter listed recycling bins for glass, cans, paper and clothing in the village, plus that for plastic at the Southern Civic Amenity Site.

It outlined some other facts, including that the bins also take non-aluminium cans such as those for baked beans and dog and cat food cans; plastic bottle lids must be removed; paper banks also take card such as cereal boxes; clothing banks also take bedding and shoes.

Items such as cooking oil, goods such as televisions, car and household batteries and grass cuttings should be taken to the site.

Waste in the village in April 2013 increased by 2.16 tonnes compared with the same month the year before, however it reduced by 3.18 tonnes (from 60.32 in 2012 to 57.14 in 2013) in May, then down by 5.44 tonnes in June and by .26 tonnes in July.

Commissioners’ clerk Mark Cowin said: ‘I know from my experience in Port Erin [where he was deputy clerk] that in the summer, the amount of waste usually goes up because more people are about and because of green waste as well, however, we have come down over the summer period.

‘It’s down to the letter Brian sent out highlighting how much disposal costs are going to rise over the next 10 years.

‘It was saying if you want to keep costs at a minimum, reduce the weight of the bins. There has also been an increase in recycling.’

The commissioners were ‘delighted’ with the figures, said Mr Cowin, and the office is investigating introducing plastic recycling to the village.

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