Registration open for the garden waste collection service

Registration is open for bi-monthly yard waste collections this summer.

In future, the Douglas Council will operate the service between February and October each year and will support curbside recycling collections.

Eligible households are now encouraged to sign up for a new 240 liter wheelie bin for garden waste by contacting the council.

Once the household waste collection service is in place, household waste collections will change from weekly to bimonthly.

It is expected that this will start from the end of the summer.

The East Civic Amenity Site will continue to provide dumpsters for yard waste if preferred.

However, if households do not have space for a garden bin, bagged garden waste will be accepted subject to assessment.

Items that may be included in the garden bin include grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, bark, tree prunings, twigs and small branches, flowers, plants and weeds .

Food waste will not be allowed, but fallen fruits or vegetables from the garden are allowed.

Households are also asked not to put non-native invasive species such as Japanese knotweed in their garden bins.

The chairman of the environmental services committee, Councilor Falk Horning, said: ‘As a UNESCO biosphere partner on the Isle of Man, the council has a responsibility to ensure that residential waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

“We hope these new changes will encourage responsible waste management behavior throughout the community; help residents reduce the volume of waste they generate and maximize the amount they recycle.

He added: “We appreciate that there will be a period of adjustment and we will endeavor to respond to any questions or concerns from the public as quickly as possible.”

“Support can be provided to households having difficulty minimizing their waste; however, residents will need to demonstrate that they are already using the other waste disposal options provided by the council’s separate collection service.

“We are actively encouraging eligible households to sign up for their new yard waste collection bin as soon as possible and we welcome everyone’s support in embracing these changes for the good of our island.”

Specific collection dates for the garden waste collection service will be announced “in due course”, according to the Douglas Council.

Further information will be available on the Douglas Council website.

To register for a wheelie bin for yard waste collection, contact the Douglas Council by email at [email protected] or by phone at 696448.

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