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Community to take recycling into their own hands

Group hoping to boost membership

A community-led bid is underway in Port St Mary to run the village's kerbside recycling service, which was dropped by the commissioners in April.

The local authority said it had to withdraw the scheme due to a sudden increase in contractor costs, but have since tendered for a new operator.

Around 60 people came together in the village to propose a community-run charitable company be established to collect the bins.

The group is hoping to boost its membership to 100 residents.

One of the founding members, James Hampton, is sure the proposal will help ratepayers save costs by reducing fees spent incinerating waste which could be otherwise recycled.

The tender exercise closed on Monday (11 June) with the ball now in Port St Mary Commissioners' court over the future of the service.

Mr Hampton explained why he felt compelled to bring recycling into direct village control:

BA: To find out more about the 'Port St Mary Company Ltd', email theportstmarycompany@gmail.com 

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