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DLGE report record recycling levels in 2006 and a “Green” Start to 2007 11 January 2007

The Department of Local Government and the Environment (the Department) has announced that 2006 has been a record year for recycling on the Isle of Man. End-of-year statistics show that over 1450 tonnes of paper, 1100 tonnes of glass, 20 tonnes of aluminium and 2.5 tonnes of dry-cell batteries have been collected from its public recycling sites during 2006. These figures represent an overall increase of 8.0 % in household materials recycled compared to 2005 and an increase of 17.8% compared to 2004. The Department would like thank all those who have taken the time to utilise the recycling sites during 2006 and reassure the public that all paper, glass, cans and batteries collected are recycled via sustainable routes and none of these recyclable materials are either burned or land-filled.

The DLGE’s Recycling Officer, Joanne Hetherington, is delighted with the public’s response and said

‘As an Island, we are recycling more than ever before, which is reflecting the increasing support and co-operation of the public, who are becoming more environmentally-conscious every year. I am particularly pleased with our household battery recycling scheme, which we provide through Manx Co-op stores and Civic Amenity sites as it has been a great success. Although 2.5 tonnes of batteries may not sound like a huge amount compared to our glass or paper recycling tonnages, it is actually equivalent to about 169,000 ‘AA’ batteries, which would otherwise have been disposed of in the general waste stream.”

In addition, the Department has provided ongoing support for the recycling of many commercially-collected materials through its Recycling Subsidy Scheme. Financial assistance is given to local companies to transport materials to the UK for onward recycling, ensuring that Island-based businesses are not disadvantaged compared to their UK counterparts. During 2006 over 280 tonnes of car batteries, 1100 tonnes of office paper and 13,200 tonnes of scrap metal were shipped off island for recycling under this subsidy scheme.

The Island is also enjoying a ‘green’ start to 2007, with Christmas cards being recycled until the end of January in aid of the Woodland Trust, at WH Smith, TK Maxx and Tesco, Douglas. The MSPCA is also recycling Christmas cards (and stamps) to raise funds for Ard Jerkyll, Foxdale. In addition, with Spring on its way, the Department would also like to remind gardeners that discounted compost bins are available from Eden Park Garden Centre, Braddan (to check stock availability Tel: 616116).

For further information on recycling, visit the Department’s recycling website www.im-recycling.com.

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