There are many benefits to recycling both for you and the environment. However, perhaps more urgently, Guernsey's only landfill site is filling up quickly and so recycling as much of the waste we produce as possible is the best solution. To do your part in our bid to decrease waste going to landfill you should consider the 3 R's:
For more information on why recycling is so important click or for more information on ways to follow the 3 R's see the downloads section of this page.
One of the first steps in reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill is to minimize the amount of waste we create. Waste minimization is a key initiative that aims reduce the amount of waste created by small changes to the things we buy.
It's estimated that 9,000 nappies a day are thrown away in Guernsey! To reduce this number we ask that parents consider using cloth nappies instead of the disposable ones. Using real nappies has a lot of benefits and there is an initiative run by the Public Services Department where a £35 subsidy voucher is available for new or expecting parents. For more information on real nappies see the downloads section of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I recycle 'x'?
Many household and other items can be recycled at Longue Hougue Waste Recycling Facility (see downloads) and the 'Recycling and Waste Disposal Route' sheet has most recyclables on it (see downloads). If waste cannot be disposed of this way or via our recycling banks then it is likely the material has to be sent to landfill.
What is going to happen to goods at Longue Hougue if they cannot be re-used?
Generally to landfill or land reclamation where appropriate.
Where can I recycle birthday cards / tin foil?
These can be deposited in the bring banks around the island (see downloads). Birthday cards should be put in the Cardboard bin.
What do I do with my shredded personal documents?
These can be put in the paper bring banks - it is recommended they are put in a large old paper envelope or paper bag. Large volumes can be delivered direct to Mayside Recycling by arrangement.
Where can I get more information on the re-usable nappy scheme?
Telephone the Public Service Department on +44 1481 717000. For more information on real nappies in general, take a look at www.goreal.org.
Does it matter if I put window envelopes in the paper recycling? No, there is no need to remove the windows first either.
How long do we have until the landfill site is full?
Based on the average rate of fill for the previous five years, it is estimated that Mont Cuet will be full in 2021.
Where can I find Mayside Recycling Ltd?
Mayside Recycling Ltd is located in La Hure Mare, Vale (tel. +44 1481 247599).