Bring your own bag!

Can you go a whole day without using a plastic bag? Go on, we dare you! Recently, one well-respected scientist announced that he saw plastic waste as being even more of a threat to mankind than climate change – and that’s saying something!

Plastic bags usually end up in the bin after only one or two uses, but they take money, energy and fossil fuel to make. So they pollute the environment even when they’re being MADE – never mind when they’re thrown away.

Zero Waste Mann will be organising ‘morsbag’ sessions later this year, a chance to use up your old material – curtains, duvet covers, whatever – to make useful, pretty and re-usable bags for your shopping. But for today, why not try saying ‘no thanks, I’ve got my own bag’ when offered one in the shop. Put a couple of spare bags in your car, if you drive, so you won’t be caught without one.  And if you manage the challenge, let us know!

For “Waste Less, Live More Tuesday”, we’re challenging you to shop mindfully

Do you find yourself binning good food at the end of the week, just because it didn’t get eaten and went off? Are you sometimes tempted by ‘Buy One Get One Free‘ offers, even though you don’t actually need the food? We’re challenging you to buy just what you need, no more – no less – and to use every scrap that you can.

Do you have any great recipes for using up leftovers? Please share them with us – we’ll put the best ones on our website so everyone can try them out!

This is a great place to start 🙂


Waste Superheroes required!

It’s Monday: the start of a new week. Why not kick it off by becoming a Waste Superhero!? Braddan Commissioners and Zero Waste Mann are looking for families or individuals to open up their wheelie bins, and show the contents. Yuk!

But there’s method in our madness – the challenge will be to see if you can cut your wheelie-bin usage, by recycling as much as is possible, thus helping the environment and at the same time earning money for the Parish (bonus!). Are you game? Go on, get in touch and let us see what you’ve got!

Movie Night in Union Mills

On Friday 26 September, Zero Waste Mann will be hosting a film screening, as part of Braddan Parish Commissioners’ “No Waste In Braddan” initiative. It’s at the Memorial Hall, on the main road, and it’s free to attend. The Zero Waste Mann team will also tell people about the year-long initiative, which aims to increase recycling rates in the Parish, and let them know how they can get involved.

The films being shown are The Story of Stuff, and The Story of Bottled Water, and they’re real eye-openers – fast paced, sharp and thought-provoking. Doors will open at 7pm, and the screening will start at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come (whether Braddan parishioners or not). There’s ample parking nearby and the number 5 and 6 buses will take you there from Douglas or Peel.

“Waste Less, Live More” Week

From Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, it’s “Waste Less, Live More” Week – a nation-wide challenge taking place across the UK – and Braddan parishioners are being invited to join in, as a part of the newly-launched “No Waste in Braddan” initiative.

You can find out more about the challenge heredownload-pack

Each day of the week, Braddan Commissioners will – via their website and Facebook page – be encouraging people to take actions that will cut down on needless waste, improve the environment we all live in, and – in most cases – deliver a dose of fun as well!

Why not check out the “Be Resourceful: Waste Less, Live More” website now and join up? You might be surprised what you can achieve!

Vandalism at Marine Drive

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The bin at Pigeon Stream car park has been torn from it’s foundation and thrown over the cliff.

The signage from the car park was found further up Marine Drive, well away from where it should be, near the gates.

As we have no way of retrieving the bins they will be washed out to sea to join all the rest of the plastic floating around the island.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident please contact us or the Police.

Braddan Commissioners & Zero Waste Mann launch ‘No Waste in Braddan’

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‘No waste In Braddan’….it sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? But that’s the ambitious title of a new initiative launched on 15th September 2014 by Braddan Parish Commissioners in conjunction with Zero Waste Mann. Read on to find out how they plan to make the Parish an example of good practice in upping recycling rates to improve both the environmental and the financial picture for residents.

Did you know that your recycling actually earns money for the Parish? Good quality recycling; i.e. plastic, metal and paper which has been collected, cleaned and sorted, is actually a saleable commodity these days. Where once these things would have gone to landfill, creating a slew of environmental headaches for future generations, they’re now a source of valuable income to local authorities in much of the developed world.

And the Isle of Man’s no exception; for years now, both commercial and domestic residents have been encouraged to engage their brains before binning things – and to identify those which could be recycled and live to be used another day.

The forward-thinking Commissioners in Braddan are very much alive to this issue, being one of the small number of parishes which offers kerbside collections. Fortnightly collections take place in both Braddan and Douglas, and allow householders to recycle their paper, glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, aerosols, aluminium foil and plastic bottles, from the convenience of their homes. Meanwhile, collections of paper, brown cardboard and green waste take place in Malew.

Not content with having set up their kerbside collections scheme, Braddan Commissioners have teamed up with the folks at waste reduction enthusiasts Zero Waste Mann, a local charity, to encourage their parishioners to up their efforts. The aim being to make Braddan into a shining example of what can be done to conserve and recycle our resources and keep our Island rubbish free.

The team has a packed year of events in mind and a number of announcements will be made in the coming months. The scheme itself launches on Monday 15th September with a launch event at 2pm at the Commissioners’ offices in Union Mills. Following this, Zero Waste Mann are working with the Commissioners’ staff to plan film evenings, school visits, discussion evenings and a family challenge – “Slim Your Bin”, where a small number of households will be invited to assess their recycling performance at the outset and then see how big a change they can make, just by putting some new habits into practice. It promises to be an interesting event!

It’s not just domestic waste that the Commissioners are targeting: they’re keen to engage with the business community, to find ways in which cost-effective waste recycling can be put into practice (and where it’s already happening, to share tips with other organisations).

Commissioners’ Chairman, Andrew Jessopp said; “We’re really optimistic we can help people bring about significant changes in the coming year. The pay-offs are multiple; less waste cluttering our landscape and bins, more money for the Parish through profitable recycling and reduced incineration charges, and increasing pride in our local environment. Plus there’s the added benefit of, we hope, some fun – the Zero Waste Mann team aim to get people talking to one another, and to start some friendly competition in a number of locations. We think Braddan’s the best Parish on the Island in a number of respects, and we aim to keep it that way!”

Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook Page for details of forthcoming events.

The first event we have planned is a film night at the Memorial Hall on Friday 26 September; doors open at 7pm for a 7.15 start. We’ll be showing a short film called “The Story of Stuff”. More details to follow. Keep an eye on our Events calendar for future events.


Moira Radcliffe (, Deputy Clerk and Finance Officer to the Commissioners at Braddan Commissioners’ offices, or

Muriel Garland (, Chair of Zero Waste Mann