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Eastern Household Waste Recycling Centre









EASTERN CIVIC AMENITY SITE – update 15 January 2021



Dear Householders, following the Chief Minister’s most recent briefing, the increasing number of positive cases and his reinforcement of the message “stay at home, unless your journey is essential” it is with regret that the planned re-opening of the site, scheduled for Friday 15th January 2021 will now be delayed, pending a review of the situation early next week.



We apologise for the inconvenience but would assure you that we will use our best endeavours to re-open the site at the earliest safe opportunity



Thank you for your patience.









The Eastern Civic Amenity Site - Opening Times Information


Please note opening times for the site, from October 2020 to 31st March 2021:-


Monday to Sunday 

08:00 – 16:00 (last entry 15:45)


Note - Re-Use Area - please be aware that during normal working conditions, the re-use area is normally closed to the public 30 minutes before site closing time. However, there may be occasions when the re-use area is closed before this time, for example, if there are adverse weather condtions making the re-use area unsuitable for the public.  



Note that although the vehicle height restrictions remain in place, cars with trailers are now permitted on site at all times.


Building Waste – the skips for building waste are in operation.


Note that the existing restrictions in terms of number of bags in any visit still remain. A reminder of the limit for rubble and inert waste being brought in is: six rubble bags (or equivalent quantity) per person per week or 12 bags in a month.


The household recycling bring banks – glass / cans / paper / plastics / textiles / cardboard are in operation.


Restrictions will be in place regarding the number of vehicles allowed on site at any time.  


The existing height barrier restriction will remain in place for large vans and  trailers entry for these vehicles is permitted on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday afternoons. NOTE this will be from 2.00 pm


The following waste types being accepted;


  • General Household waste
  • Green Garden waste.
  • Scrap Metal 
  • Builders waste as detailed above
  • Bring Banks Recycling 
  • Fridges/freezers
  • Televisions
  • PC monitprs
  • Laptops


There is now the facility for disposing of fridges, freezers, TV’s, monitors.


Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist with unloading of vehicles during this period, so consider bringing someone from your household to assist with unloading where applicable.


We would also ask those visiting the site to support the staff while vehicle numbers are restricted and to be patient should queues build up. These are extraordinary times that require extraordinary measures and it’s up to everyone to play their part if we are to return gradually to a more “normal” way of life.  We would also like to thank the public for their cooperation and understanding during the closure


As a final note, we would remind you that no person who is currently self-isolating, symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID 19 should not attend the site.


If you require any further information, please visit the Council’s Web site at


IOM Government Bring Banks are available to drop off household recycling.


Please visit their webiste for further details:






The centre is particularly useful for bulky items such as televisions or washing machines, excess household waste or any waste deemed unacceptable as domestic waste.


Accepted materials at the centre include: televisions, computer monitors, fluorescent light tubes, lead acid batteries, dry cell batteries, scrap metal, garden waste, aluminium, paper, clothing and dirty engine oil.


The site is now able to accept the new IOM Creamery milk cartons; working with IOM Creamery and Mann Waste Recycling, there will be a dedicated recycle bin for the cartons to be deposited into. Note that the carton must be rinsed out and folded with the bottle top left on. As this recycle scheme is not part of the Douglas Council kerbside service, the milk cartons cannot be placed in the blue recycle boxes that you may have at home and must be brought to the site. 


On-site payment must be by debit card only. Cash will not be accepted. Alternatively customers may pay in advance at the Finance counter where they will be issued with a receipt which must be produced at the site before the disposal service can be provided.


The Eastern civic amenity site joint committee, which operates the centre, applies rules to deter the depositing of commercial waste and ensure that the site is well managed and easy to use for domestic users. 


The rules set out: 


  • A limit to the amount of rubble and inert waste being brought in to six rubble bags (or   equivalent quantity) per person per week or 12 bags in a month;
  • A height limit of 2.2 metres on vehicles entering the site;
  • A limit to the time any individual may remain in the re-use area and for vehicles to be parked on site to 15 minutes in any one day; and:
  • Protection for users and staff on the site from abusive or threatening behaviour. 


Anyone breaching the rules will first be warned that they are in breach, and if they persist they may be barred from using the Site. The staff of the contractor operating the site have the full authority of the committee to do so.


Domestic users may use the centre to recycle:


• Scrap metal (ferrous and non-ferrous);

• Green waste;

• Cardboard;

• Clothing;

• Paper;

• Plastic bottles;

• Glass bottles;

• Cans.

• Hardcore from DIY activities (in limited quantities);

• Car batteries;

• Household batteries;

• Fluorescent tubes and lamps;

• Engine oil

• Fridges and freezers (charges apply);

• TV’s and PC monitors (charges apply);

• Small electrical appliances;

• General household waste for the Energy from Waste Plant


Disposal charges:


• Under counter fridge up to 50kg - £15.00;

• Chest fridge/freezer up to 100kg - £27.00;

• American style fridge 150kg+ - £50.00;

• PC monitors £6.00;

• Television set £14.00;

• Laptop £6.00;



Additionally the 2.2m height restriction barrier is to be removed Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 2.00pm to close.


The Eastern district civic amenity site joint committee is a joint committee of all the local authorities for Douglas, Onchan, Braddan, Laxey , Lonan and Santon.  


The operator of the centre, under contract to the committee, is Douglas Borough Council. 






Frequently Asked Questions

When is the centre open?

Between April 1st and September 30th, the centre is open Monday to Saturday from 08:00-18:45 and from 08:00-15:45 on Sundays and bank holidays. Between October 1st and March 31st, the site is open from 08:00-15:45 all week. Please note: Senior Race Day opening hours are 08:00 -16:00. 


Please note: Last entry 15 minutes before published closing time.

Are there any days when the centre is closed?

The site is closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Tynwald Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


I don’t live in the Douglas area, can I still use the centre?



How can i pay to dispose of Chargeable goods?


Cash and cheques will not be accepted at the site.

Only payments by debit card can be made at the site. Cash payments can be made in advance at the council's payments desk at the Town Hall and a receipt will be issued to confirm payment has been received prior to bringing chargeable items to the site. The receipt will need to be produced to deposit a fridge, freezer, TV, or Computer monitor at the Civic Amenity Site


Is there a home collection service available?

A home collection service is available but is chargeable. Details and quotations can be obtained by telephoning  the Town Hall on 696445.

Last modified on Friday, 15 January 2021 08:49

Contact Details

  • Eastern Household Waste Recycling Centre 01624 678217

  • Douglas Town Hall
    01624 696300