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Eastern Household Waste Recycling Centre


Christmas and New Year Opening Times - 2022


Please note that the whole site will be closed to the public on the following days:


Sunday 25 December 2022 - Christmas Day


Monday 26 December 2022 - Boxing Day


Sunday 1 January 2023 - New Year's Day





Winter Opening Hours for the site Saturday 1 October 2022


Note winter opening hours will start from Saturday 1 October until 31st March 2023.


Opening hours will now be 08:00- 15.45 every day - including Sundays.


The whole site will be closed for 2022 Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  





Eastern Household Waste Recycling Centre – Plastics Update August 2022


Due to the IOM Government Bring Bank contract no longer accepting plastic at their various sites, Douglas Borough Council will collect the material, at the Eastern Civic site and they can now accept the following plastic types:


“1”, “2” and “5”.  These numbers are normally stamped within the small “recycle triangle” that is located on the plastic item. Note we do ask that very soft plastic (such as cling film, etc.) is removed from plastic trays/tubs before being placed inside the plastic recycle bin.


For further information about the plastic types and what the Council does with the material we collect, please visit the website



Note that the height barrier now has since been removed from the entrance - so there is no longer the need to only attend on certain days, as access is now available during all current working hours.



General Information about the site 


Between April 1st and September 30th, the centre is open Monday to Saturday from 08:00-18:00 and from 08:00-15:45 on Sundays and Bank Holidays.  


Note that the re-use shed will be closed 30 minutes before the site is shut - and  - in the event of any adverse weather condtions, it may be necessary to temporarily close the the re-use shed.


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.


NOTE **IOM Creamery milk cartons** - please be aware that the site no longer accepts the IOM Creamery milk cartons; however there is a dedicated recycle bin located at Tesco's car park where they can be deposited into. As this milk carton recycle scheme is not part of the Douglas Council kerbside service, the milk cartons cannot be placed in the recycle boxes that you may have at home and must be brought to the Tesco 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 which ban 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 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 - updated from 14 July 2021 :


  • Under counter fridge maximum weight - 50kg - £34.00;
  • Chest fridge/freezer maximum weight -   100kg - £53.00;
  • American style fridge 150kg+ - £87.00;
  • PC monitors £14.00;
  • Television set £27.00;
  • Laptop £14.00;
  • Dehumidifier £34.00:




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?



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, 16 December 2022 12:05
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Contact Details

  • Eastern Household Waste Recycling Centre 01624 678217 - this is an information line only & is not answered

  • Douglas Town Hall
    01624 696300