Council Waste Chief Cannot Give Firm Date For Disposal Of Moorwell Backlog

The so-called 'Moorwell Alp' and incinerator on St Mary's

The Moorwell Alp is coming down slowly but the Council’s Chief Technical Officer can’t give a firm date on when the mound of waste will be levelled.

Neville Gardner gave councillors an update on plans to reduce the backlog of waste at the Moorwell site on St Mary’s and also problems with waste management on the off-islands.

Councillor Marian Bennett was concerned that the Council working plan was ambiguous about timescales for completion of the job and she wanted clear, decisive wording, saying current plans “leave room for failure.”

Councillor Richard McCarthy agreed, suggesting the mound should be halved in size by 2012.

But Neville was reluctant to commit to firm deadlines to reduce the waste, and said clearing the backlog in one year is not possible.

£12,400 For New Incinerator Ladders

The Council will have to find £12,400 for a new ladder for workers who need to climb the incinerator.

The current one isn’t old or damaged but the latest health and safety regulations have changed.

Now workers climbing up shouldn’t be able to fall all the way down if they slip when working on the structure.

New rules require step-aside areas and platforms at different levels so a falling worker won’t plunge to the bottom.

He told councillors that processing the waste gives an immediate reduction of 10 fold. But to dispose of it, the compressed waste must be passed through the incinerator and it won’t have the capacity to cope with the backlog in the first year.

He went on to say that a lot has been happening in the last year with consultants advising the Council on how best to spend a £300,000 grant for dealing with waste.

In total, the Council should get £5.7 million between now and 2015.

Neville said if this project goes well then more money could be granted to help the council move towards the waste management compliance that Europe expects.

It’s not just Moorwell that has issues.

Consultants will be looking at off island waste management – facilities on St Martin’s and Bryher have brought complaints.

Neville said the St Martin’s issue was unauthorized trade waste which cost the Town Hall £10,000 to clean up last year.

Councillor John Goddard concurred adding that it has been horrendous and recommended more regulation and monitoring to deal with dumping there and on Bryher.

Marian favoured the St Agnes approach, which is viewed as a success, for Bryher.

A Council employee attends the refuse facility at set times and checks what rubbish is brought and whether it is domestic or trade. Commercial waste can then be charged.

Marian supported a fenced in tip on Bryher.