New Commercial Waste Fees Mean £25 To Dump A Tin Of Paint
Commercial users and islanders without a car will face steep new charges at the Moorwell waste site, including £25 to dispose of a tin of paint and £5 to get rid small electrical items, like an old kettle.
Infrastructure Manager Helen Pearce told Tuesday’s Transport, Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee that the new fees more accurately represent what it costs to process the waste.
But Cllr Gordon Bilsborough questioned why users will be charged £25 to dump a tin of paint that might have cost only £15 in the shop.
Helen told him the Council had to containerise it, put it on a pallet and ship it to the mainland. They could no longer leave it on the Moorwell site.
And she said it would encourage people to use the full tin, although Gordon felt the charge, “may encourage people to fly tip.”
He also said, as a resident, if he went to the dump in a private car to get rid of the paint, he wouldn’t be charged.
But not having a car means he would need to ask the carriers to take it. They’ll be charged the disposal fee, which they’ll pass on to the householder, he said.
Helen told Gordon there was no way round this as it’s “how it is in the law.”
But Cllr Steve Sims said the Committee had previously discussed introducing a ‘voucher’ scheme for residents, which they could give to the carriers.
Helen said the Council also hoped to offer a bulky waste collection service in the future, but they didn’t have the budget for it at the moment.
Commercial operators on the off-islands of Bryher, St Agnes and St Martin’s will also see charges being introduced..
Waste Officer Rebecca Steggles told councillors that new ‘gate’ charges are being introduced at the collection areas on the three islands.
Unlike Moorwell, where there’s space for a weighbridge, the off-island fees will be for individual items, ranging from £5 for a kettle or toaster, up to £20 for a sofa, television or roll of carpet.
And a tin of paint will cost £25 to dump on the off-islands too.
Rebecca told councillors that this brings charges on the off-islands in line with St Mary’s.
Council Chairman Amanda Martin supported the new charges.
She said the authority has to pass on the cost of the service to the users and they couldn’t continue to subsidise it in the way it had been in the past.