Isle of Man kerb recycling has a 'bright future'

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Kerbside recycling has a bright future in the Isle of Man, according to the chairman of Braddan commissioners.

Margaret Hodge said other local authorities on the island have shown a keen interest in the scheme.

Kerbside collection in Douglas and Braddan has been extended until March 2012 but Onchan commissioners will not continue beyond November.

Mrs Hodge said: "I hope it will one day be island-wide, other authorities are extremely keen to join."

She added: "People have to remember that the cost of sending waste to the energy from waste plant is very heavily subsidised by the government.

"I think the government will be looking very seriously at whether or not they can continue to do that in this period of belt tightening".

The project, which began in 2008, serves about half of the island's homes in Braddan, Douglas and Onchan.

Braddan local authority is expected to spend about £19,000 on the scheme extension while Douglas Council will be looking at a bill of £85,000.

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