A lack of funding and government support is jeopardising the success of a pioneering recycling and conservation scheme. Friends of the Earth (FoE) set up a pilot project on the Hau Tak Estate, Tseung Kwan O, last May to educate families on water and energy conservation and other green issues. But a shortage of funding and manpower means the 'Adopt a Housing Estate' scheme is limited to 50 families at any one time. Plans to widen the programme to all 7,000 homes have been lodged with the Housing Authority and a decision is expected this week. Otherwise it will end in July. 'We prefer to be the adviser and concentrate on our programme rather than spending time marketing our programme or selling our concept to the Housing Authority,' said FoE assistant director (projects) Edwin Lau Che-fung. The scheme also targets waste management and promotes aluminium, paper and plastic recycling.