Refuse collection

Various reports have been into waste collections.

The average cost per household is £50.

Seek tenders for the collection of waste all island wide.

In other places the cost is circa  £25.

Significant savings would be madeasier.

The local authorities would still pay for the service.

The Government could then use this saving to give a function to the local authority so saving money to govt.   

Why the contribution is important

That the bring banks outside the civic community sites.

Using the bring bags cost government 97k last year.

There is more than adequate provision now as the island has four civic amenity sites


by Buster on May 04, 2017 at 01:49PM

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  • Posted by LeanGreen May 04, 2017 at 15:43

    Yes SUEZ/SITA could probably do the whole island more efficiently.
    The IOM government should set the waste policy and stop interfering in the market unless absolutely necessary.
  • Posted by Maclirmanannan May 04, 2017 at 18:44

    Good point. I guess this falls into local authority reform which appears to have been forgotten.. How many bin wagons are needed to serve whole Island and how often do you need collection are two starters for 10 in waste management. Expect there are massive savings to be achieved in consolidation of services, staff etc across the local authorities and how many authorities are there again?
  • Posted by dpfellows May 05, 2017 at 03:14

    In some areas in New Zealand rather than paying an annual fee for refuse in the rates you buy a bin bag which includes the 'lift' fee. This might lead to the need for fewer lifts and better utilisation of trucks as it does in NZ.

    Another option would be pay by weight again used in some locations.

    It would be interesting to know what percentage of the bins lifted weekly are full and what percentage less than half full.
  • Posted by Manneen May 05, 2017 at 10:17

    There is discrepancy in the South some authorities pick up weekly others fortnightly, some have doorstep recycling others not. Not everyone has cars to get to the recycling centres. Our commissioners do not offer a pick up service for large items any more.

    Having had experience of SITA etc across - do not go there ( lack of accountability; poor responsiveness rubbish left for 3 months uncollected etc). This in my opinion this would be like turkeys wishing for Christmas.

    There are heath implications from fortnightly pick ups , environmental ones - in fly tipping . Saving money but at what cost?

    The quality of our refuse collections is fantastic where I live, reliable , efficient, helpful and conscientious.

    Out sourcing can mean cutting the wages of the workers to get a cheaper price - would you work in all weathers for less ? Just a few thoughts from one who appreciates what we have.
  • Posted by Buster May 06, 2017 at 23:01

    I have spoken to the largest refuse collector in southern ireland and who has been to the
     Island . He confirmed he would like to be given the opportunity to collect waste all island wide.
    He had obtained an assesment by his staff.
    He said he wouldn't make any staff redundant, and he would take them on their existing contracts.
    He said his bid would be £25 per household for the first 5years then dropping down to £20 per householder as the £5 would be needed to cover the the staff existing contracts.
    This would deliver a £25 saving for the first five years and then £30 afterwards.
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