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All-Island Kerbside Collection Study - Interim Progress Report 16 November 2006

In April 2006, the Department of Local Government and the Environment (the Department) and representatives from Local Authorities formed a partnership Kerbside Collection Working Party (KCWP). The need for kerbside recycling was recognised by Tynwald in January as part of a long-term strategy for managing the Island’s household waste. The remit of the KCWP is to research the options for, and costs of, implementing kerbside collection of recyclable materials throughout the Island.

Since April the KCWP, supported by the technical environmental consultants Enviros, has completed a significant amount of background research and the first phase of data collection. A compositional analysis of household waste has provided crucial baseline data on the types and weight of waste currently produced by householders. Once this data has been applied across the Island, using information currently being sought from Local Authorities, the quantity of material potentially recoverable for recycling, such as glass, papers, aluminium and steel, and plastic bottles, can be estimated.

The final KCWP report is due to be issued in March 2007, in advance of a planned March 2008 phased implementation of kerbside collection. In the interim, the KCWP has a considerable amount of work to do overseeing data collection from Local Authorities and modelling different options for kerbside collection. This process has never been undertaken previously, and key to its success is the identification of contemporary, local data. Acknowledging that the full recycling process is not complete until the material recycled is subsequently turned into a product that can be used or sold, the study will also address options for local market development and identification of reprocessing capacity the UK.

The Environment Minister, John Rimington, commented

‘I am delighted at the excellent progress that has been made by the Local Authorities and the Department on this key waste management study. The need for the Island as a whole to increase its recycling rate is indisputable. The need to recover valuable resources from the household waste stream is pivotal if we are to deliver our commitment to address climate change. Once the report of the Kerbside Study is published early next year we will be in a position to progress implementation of a kerbside collection scheme throughout the Island. The study is an example of what can be achieved through partnership working between all Authorities.’

This kerbside study forms part of the review of the Island’s waste management strategy (the review) currently being carried out within the Department’s Waste Management Unit. An initial baseline review of the existing 2000 Waste Management Plan has been undertaken and a summary of this review will be made available by the end of November 2006.

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