In 2013, more than 46% of household waste was recycled - a GREAT achievement islanders can be proud of. If we all recycle just one more item a week, we can make that MORE THAN 50%!
To help build on the success to date, a new collection service has been introduced to make recycling easier and more convenient. It is free to all households, and includes most recyclables collected at local bring bank sites.
The bin men in each parish will pick up your recycling once a week, on the same evening as your normal bin collection (or one of these nights if you live in have previously had two bin collections a week). Paper and card are collected one week using the clear recycling, and tins, cans, plastic bottles and containers, foil and milk/juice cartons in the blue bags the following week.
Anyone who does not have a supply of bags, or a handy fridge magnet calendar showing which bag to put out each week, can contact Public Services on 234699. Alternatively, the calendar can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.
For more information, visit the frequently asked questions section here.
Manufacturing a product with recycled material uses less energy than making the same product from raw materials.
Recycling old products to make new ones minimises the need to use natural resources. This reduces our reliance on depleting ecosystems, such as forests, and saves natural habitats from destruction. With the depletion of the world's natural resources it is essential we conserve and reuse what we have left.
Be more efficient
Recycling not only cuts out the energy needed to mine or harvest raw materials from wherever they naturally occur on the planet, it also reduces the energy required to ship vast quantities of these materials around the world for processing.