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Review of the Island’s Waste Management Strategy - Interim Report 12 March 2007

The Department of Local Government and the Environment has issued an interim report on the Review of the Island’s Waste Management Strategy. The Report, available on the website and prepared for the Department as part of the Review of its Waste Management Plan 2000, provides an update of work completed and highlights areas where additional work is required prior to preparation of the Strategy and development of an Implementation Plan. Since 2000 there have been considerable changes in the way in which waste is managed on-Island and how waste is considered in the global context of managing resources. The Report therefore identifies key issues that need to be considered as part of the Review. These issues include: how far we as an Island can be self-sufficient in managing our wastes; how we manage the increase in the amount of waste we produce; how far our waste management strategy can deliver reductions in carbon emissions and loss of non- renewable resources through increased recycling.

Considering the purpose of the report, Mr Dudley Butt MLC, Political Member for the Waste Management Unit, comments,

‘This Interim Report is a means of sharing with the Island’s community, via the website, the considerable amount of work which is on-going within the Waste Management Unit on the review of the Islands Waste Strategy and the key issues currently being addressed. It is important that we each take responsibility for the waste we produce as a by-product of our lifestyles and economic activity. It is also important that, as an Island, we recognise the issues we face in managing our waste differ significantly from those of other mainland communities. They are also more costly. The Waste Management Strategy will need to address all these issues and balance economic and environmental benefits. It is important therefore that we involve the community in our deliberations as early as possible. This Interim Report is a means of achieving this.’

Stephanie Gray, Recycling Manager for DLGE commented

‘The Interim Report is not at this stage intended as a document for formal consultation. However it is acknowledge that there may be matters discussed in the Report about which individuals wish to make comment and these will be welcomed and considered as part of the on-going review. A formal consultation will be issued by the Department in due course.‘

The Report and associated appendices are available by downloading from the following web site www.gov.im/dlge/waste/new/ . If you have difficulties in accessing the document please contact the Waste Management Unit on 686540.

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