His Worship hosted a reception to recognised and celebrate the award-winning achievements of Waste Services and the Park Service.
Waste Services were a finalist in Keep Britain Tidy's Best Recycling Campaign category for their recycling videos on recyclenow.im aimed at encouraging people to recycle. Ballakermeen High School student Tom Walmsley (pictured fifth right) was involved in the production of one of the videos and, together with head teacher Adrienne Burnett, joined His Worship and officers at the reception.
Waste Services were also winners of the 2017 Keep Britain Tidy Quality Improvement award for fitting Enovo sensors to its street litter bins, some 130 in total in Douglas.The sensors transmit waste analytics data that help to streamline collections by alerting Waste Services when these ‘intelligent’ bins are full and need emptying. It also allows seldom-used bins to be relocated to where demand is greater and deploy operatives more efficiently. His Worship said the initiative was 'a really good example of working smarter, not harder.'
Separately the Parks Service was a finalist in Keep Britain Tidy's 2017 Innovation category. His Worship explained that the service had been recognised for a number of sustainable plant nursery initiatives: 'Rain water harvesting for watering plants, making compost from the green waste produced from our own ground maintenance operations and a very innovative air source heat pump within the nurseries which replaced the old oil-powered heating systems. Worthy of note is that this is the only air source heat pump used for greenhouses on the Island, and we believe possibly in the world, and it is the largest pump of its kind on the Island.' He added, 'On a personal level I am particularly delighted and proud of these initiatives as they were instigated and commenced during my term as Regeneration and Community Chairman.'
In closing he congratulated officers from the two teams and said: 'Thank you for raising the reputation of Douglas, not only in the island but also in the UK.'