The Council of the Isles of Scilly have commented and clarified on the rise in fee's for the disposal of commercial waste on Scilly.
Radio Scilly contacted the Council of the Isles of Scilly for comment and clarification of the fee's after members of the public shared their confusion and displeasure at the rise in fees.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly gave the following statement.
On the mainland, commercial waste services are normally delivered by the private sector. Commercial waste collection and disposal do not form part of a Local Authority’s statutory responsibilities. They are not funded through Council Tax, grant funding or any other public funding.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly has offered a commercial waste service in the absence of private sector services but, as a non-statutory function, this must be charged on a cost-recovery basis to commercial waste producers. For example, because household waste collection and disposal are undertaken by the Council, a householder disposing of a mattress would not pay the commercial fee. However, commercial waste producers, e.g. owners of hotels or guesthouses, would not be exempt.
The Council's commercial waste charges reflect the costs incurred by the Council for disposing of the various waste types. The Council has published its fees and charges for commercial waste (available here).
With the exception of materials listed with a ‘per item’ cost, the gate fee for each waste type is shown as per tonne (as indicated at the top of the fee table). The cost to a commercial waste producer for disposing of a mattress is not £420, but rather depends on the weight of the mattress/es.
Commercial waste producers can reduce disposal costs by reducing the amount of waste they send for disposal by following the 3 ‘R’s of the Waste Hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Commercial waste producers can also choose to use a private waste disposal service if better value is offered.
The Council would welcome more privately operated commercial waste services on the islands.