Charges ‘will lead to fly-tipping increase’

Fly-tipping in Scollag Road

Fly-tipping in Scollag Road

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Restrictions on dumping rubbish at the island’s municipal rubbish tips is one factor causing an increase in fly tipping, according to one local politician.

Onchan Commissioners’ chairman Rob Callister said in the first three months of 2014 there had been no fewer than three incidents on Scollag Road in Onchan alone.

Fees for dumping television sets and computer monitors now operate at Douglas tip - the latest of several new rules and regulations affecting the site.

‘I do have serious, serious concerns that government has got the whole policy wrong and we are going to see a further increase in dumping of rubbish,’ he said.

In an open email to new Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly, Mr Callister says fly tipping is becoming a major issue with a clear increase in the last year: ‘Every case is adding additional costs and pressure onto local authorities, who have to clean up the rubbish and dispose of it. As I understand, there have been numerous changes at the civic amenity sites. It is clear the system is not working.’

From today (Tuesday) it will cost £6.50 to dispose of a computer monitor and £8 to leave a television set at all island tips. Payment is on site by debit card or cash in advance at the town hall. Charges also apply to dispose of fridges and freezers. Douglas tip also has height restrictions on vehicles entering the site, limits on quantities dumped in one visit and a 15-minute limit on time spent on site.

Mr Callister said £72,000 of government subsidy had been removed and local authorities now had to make up the shortfall hence the charges and restrictions. Mr Skelly accepted fly tipping seemed to be on the increase and said he was setting up a working party chaired by Richard Ronan MHK (Castletown) and including voluntary organisations, such as Beach Buddies, to consider the problem.

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