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Waste

Guernsey's waste strategy aims to minimise the amount of waste requiring treatment or disposal, by encouraging islanders to reduce their waste and providing services and facilities that make it easy and convenient for them to reuse and recycle.

How can I recycle?

There are numerous bring bank sites and other recycling facilities around the island, where households can drop off plastics, cardboard, tins & cans, glass, paper, cartons, clothes and shoes, books, videos and CDs. All of these facilities are free to use.

There is also a facility at Longue Hougue where unwanted household items, for example scrap metal and furniture, can be dropped off either to be recycled or given a new lease of life by someone else.  Alternatively, various local business or charities will accept items, either for resale or recycling.

Household garden waste can also be dropped off for free at the Chouet Green Waste Site.

For more information on what can be recycled and where please see where can I recycle.

Why Recycle?

Save Energy

Manufacturing a product with recycled material uses less energy than making the same product from raw materials.

Save resources

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.

• Recycling an aluminium can takes 5% of the energy needed to make it from raw material
• Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a TV for 20 minutes.

What else can I do?

In addition to recycling there is more that can be done to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Activities such as Home composting, charity shop donations, sharing resources and E-cycling can all make use of items that we no longer have a need for.  For more information on these please see the relevant pages or contact the Recycling and Waste Minimisation Team.

When are my refuse bins collected?

Your bin collection day will depend on the area of the parish you live in. To find out when your collection date(s) is, then please contact the Parish Constables or visit the Parish website. The Parish Constables and Douzaines are provided in the Parish Contacts link at the bottom of this page.

Why do I pay refuse collection charges to the Parish?

Parish Constables are responsible for the organisation of household refuse collections and disposal, and under the law this is paid for by charging an annual 'refuse rate'.  Each Parish Douzaine is responsible for setting and charging the refuse rates.

A review of this current system of charges is underway, as part of the island's new waste strategy.  This is looking to identify what improvements can be made, so that the system is fairer and provides incentives for households to reduce waste and recycle more.

What do I do with bulky items?

A 'Bulk Refuse' service is provided for items that are too large to be put out for the normal household waste collections.  Up to five large items can be collected for a small charge of £15.

  • For more information on the Bulk Refuse Scheme, click here.
  • To apply online for a bulk refuse collection, click on the Do it Online link at the bottom of this page.

How to I scrap a vehicle

The 'Bulk Refuse' service can also be used for scrapping old vehicles. This is free if you are able to transport your vehicle to the scrap yard (Guernsey Recycling) yourself, although under the scheme you will require a confirmation letter from Public Services. Alternatively, for a fee of £30.00 we can collect and deliver motorcycles, cars and small vans.

  • For more information on the Bulk Refuse Scheme, click here.
  • To apply online to scrap a vehicle, click on the Do it Online link at the bottom of this page.

How do businesses dispose of waste?

We encourage businesses to minimise the amount of waste they produce and recycle as much of this as possible . There are various commercial contractors providing recycling services for companies. Please see Commercial Waste.


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