Environment Agency Says No More Landfill At Moorwell

moorwell alp from aboveThe Environment Agency has issued a notice to the Council saying that Moorwell can no longer be used as a landfill site.

It means rubbish can’t be stored there for longer than three years.

At last Thursday’s General Purposes Committee meeting, Director of Place Craig Dryden told councillors that they’ll need to have a closure plan ready for the agency by the 28th February.

This will show how any possible environmental effects can be minimised.

If accepted, the Council will then be monitored by the Agency to ensure they comply.

Craig says that could take at least 12 months and will lead to the, “proper redevelopment of the site.”

Chairman of General Purposes, Cllr Steve Sims, said that they’d effectively been operating an illegal fly tipping site at Moorwell for the past 30 years. Permission hadn’t been given to use it for long-term storage or landfill.

Craig told members that Moorwell will eventually look more like, “a typical municipal waste site on the mainland,” where refuse is stored for transfer or recycling.

Councillors also heard that the removal of legacy waste from the ‘Moorwell Alp’ had started, although the weather had delayed the arrival of the first transport boat by a week.

Craig says around 500 tonnes, a single ship-load, has already bagged up by St Mary’s company United Environment Solutions, and is ready to go to the mainland.

Around 2,700 tonnes will need to be moved and this will be monitored using the weighbridge.

They’ve also asked the Environment Agency for a permit to deal with the remaining incinerator ash, building and green waste.

Some will be sent off the island, says Craig, but the rest will also be used on site for landscaping and creating noise reducing barriers.