Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 19-02-2014

Cutbacks on cards for refuse collection

by Joanne Clague

Cutbacks on cards for refuse collection - picture

Infrastructure Minister David Cretney says his department has identified savings of up to £1.5million in refuse collection across the Isle of Man.

Responding to a Tynwald question today, Mr Cretney said a review of waste collection and disposal had been undertaken. He said the DOI was in consultation with local authorities over three possible options.

The current delivery service deploys 17 refuse collection vehicles and teams around the Island and there are 12 spare refuse collection vehicles. Mr Cretney says all the Island's household waste could be collected by 10 vehicles and fewer teams.

He said: 'Using the data that the department already holds we believe that there is clear economic benefit to be gained from changing the current approach. We are confident that by working jointly with local authorities that significant savings can be realised.

'Following the current consultation with local authorities, the department will take a view on the most appropriate way forward. I would like to advise Honourable Members that at no point has the quality of the services being currently delivered been in doubt, but I believe that it is only right and proper that we scrutinise every public sector cost to test if services can be delivered at better value to those who fund them.'

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