Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Kerbside recycling consultation in Isle of Man

Recycling box
Image caption Many people think it is a good idea but many do not want to pay any extra for the service

Taxpayers in the Isle of Man are being asked whether they would be prepared to pay for kerbside recycling.

The current service, in Onchan, Douglas and Braddan, is a three-year pilot funded by the government.

So far the recycling of paper, tins and glass through the project has seen the council save £14,500 a year on disposal fees at the incinerator.

However, at the end of the scheme next year, local authorities will have to foot the bill.

'Best for the future'

The councils are asking residents if they would prefer to pay a little extra in the council tax so the scheme can continue.

Deputy chair of the Onchan board Ray Kniveton said the commissioners were asking residents for their views: "We have circulated a questionnaire and a survey about the service to the rate payers of Onchan.

"We will then collate the results and spend at least an evening discussing what is best for the future of the town's recycling.

"We know there are many people who want to have the service and we know there are many people who don't because they don't want to pay."

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