New regulations brought in last year to limit the amount of commercial waste being deposited at the tip in Douglas are working well according to the chairman of the committee that runs it.
Councillor Bill Malarkey said the new measures, which included a height restriction to 2.2 metres, along with a six rubble sack limit and 15-minute stay time, were key factors in a fall in the amount of waste deposited.
‘If it is domestic waste there is no charge for disposing of that and we don’t want to stop it,’ he said.
New rules make it harder to avoid commercial waste charges by claiming it is domestic, according to Councillor Malarkey, and this was supported by a drop in the amount of commercial waste being deposited.
He said the height restriction which, at 2.2 metres still allows a standard Ford Transit-style van through but restricts many equivalents, had been effective. Taller vehicles are allowed in two-hour slots on Wednesdays and Sundays, he said, and during these periods extra staff are drafted in to assess the nature of the rubbish being dumped. In Douglas most commercial waste is disposed of by a private operater.
Mr Malarkey said withdrawal of government subsidy was behind charges to dump televisions and computer monitors. Muriel Garland of Zero Waste Mann said a European directive makes manufacturers pay a levy towards the cost of disposal but the island does not have to comply.
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