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Household Waste & Recycling Centre

Contact Us - Recycling

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The purpose-built HWRC is where you can take everyday household items for reuse, recycling or disposal. Most items are accepted free of charge. However you will have to pay to dispose of materials that are not recyclable or reusable, as well as for mattresses, which are costly to recycle.

When you arrive you will be met by one of our friendly site staff. They will have a look at what you are bringing and let you know where to drop them off. If you have a lot of items, or something heavy to drop off, and would like a helping hand, let the site staff know.

  •  Opening times

    • Opening times 
      Monday to Saturday (closed on Thursdays)8am - 4pm
      Sunday8am - Noon
      Bank HolidaysClosed
    • For opening times of other waste sites, please follow this link.
  • Items accepted for recycling

    • Air conditioning units
    • Batteries - household & car
    • Bicycles
    • Blue and clear recycling bags
    • Brita water filters
    • Bubble wrap and polythene (clear & clean)
    • Bulky cardboard
    • CDs and DVDs
    • Clothing, shoes & textiles
    • Domestic appliances (e.g. cookers, fridges, freezers, televisions, tumble driers, washing machines)
    • Electrical cable
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Fluorescent tubes & low energy light bulbs
    • Food waste
    • Furniture- in good, reusable condition
    • Gas cylinders (not welding)
    • Glass (drinking glasses, vases, plate glass, etc.)
    • Inert waste (e.g. bricks, blocks, ceramics, hardcore, stone)- up to 6 standard rubble sacks or equivalent volume
    • Mattresses (charges apply, see below)
    • Oil- cooking and motor
    • Rigid plastics (e.g. clean plastic containers, large plastic toys)
    • Plasterboard (dry and relatively clean, e.g. without insulation, wallpaper, screws and tiles attached)
    • Power tools
    • Printer cartridges
    • Reuse items - in good condition, for our charity partner GO
    • Scrap metal (e.g. cutlery, hand tools, metal furniture nails/screws/bolts, pans)
    • Small electrical items (e.g. CD & DVD players, computers, microwaves)
    • uPVC doors and windows
    • Charges for mattresses 
      Cot mattress£5.00
      Single mattress£7.50
      Double mattress£15.00
      Charges are payable on arrival (card payment only) 
    • (For charges for bed bases, see below under "Items accepted for disposal")
    • Please note, this list is not definitive and is subject to change
    • Unfortunately, GO, our charity partners, are currently unable to accept any donations on a Sunday, until further notice.
    • Please do not place any batteries, flares, or large metal items in general waste as these present a hazard or can cause damage at the processing stage. 
  • Items accepted for disposal

    • General household waste (e.g. black bags)
    • Furniture (including soft furnishings) if not suitable for reuse
    • Paint
    • Polystyrene
    • Polythene that is not clear and clean, e.g. coal/compost sacks
    • VHS tapes 
    • Wood
    • Please note, this list is not definitive and is subject to change.
    • Items/materialsIndicative charge
      Standard charge: 
      Black sacks/bags (90 litre) or equivalent volume£2.50 per bag or equivalent *
      Beds: 
      Single bed base£5.00
      Double bed base£12.50
      (For mattress charges, see list above under "Items accepted for recycling") 
      Furniture: 
      Single armchair£5.00
      2 seater settee£10.00 - £12.50
      3 seater settee£12.50 - £15.00
      Charges are payable on arrival (card payment only) 
    • * Loose or oversized bagged waste is charged based on the volume equivalent of £2.50 per standard bin bag
    • Please do not place any batteries, flares, or large metal items in general waste as these present a hazard or can cause damage at the processing stage.
  • Items not accepted

    • Any items from a commercial source
    • Any items which could cause pollution/contamination
    • Asbestos (any form)
    • Chemicals (any form)
    • Clinical waste
    • Garden waste
    • Powders or loose fibres
    • Welding gas cylinders
    • Please note, this list is not definitive and is subject to change.
  • GO Reuse Centre

    • Guernsey Waste is working in partnership with local charity GO to give unwanted items a new lease of life, so they don't go to waste. The scheme also provides valuable training and employment opportunities for local people, in preparing items for reuse or "upcycling". Items generally have to be in good, sellable condition or suitable for repair. Please ask a member of the site staff whether your items could be reused, and they can direct you to the storage area.
    • Unfortunately, GO are currently unable to accept donations on a Sunday, until further notice.
  • Site Rules

    • 1.  No commercial waste
    • 2.  Unacceptable items may not be deposited at this site. A list of acceptable and unacceptable items to deposit is available from site staff and in the sections above on this page. 
    • 3.  ALL visitors must report to site staff BEFORE unloading and must comply with staff instructions at all times.
    • 4.  Site users not complying with the site rules (and code of conduct) may be asked to leave the site.
    • 5.  Children under the age of 12 must remain in the vehicle at all times and pets are not permitted on site.
    • 6.  We advise the use of suitable footwear and gloves when using the site.
    • 7.  No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted on site.
    • 8.  Unauthorised removal of any item(s) may result in a criminal prosecution.
    • 9.  Abuse or violence against staff will not be tolerated and will be reported to the police.
  • Code of Conduct

    • What is expected of site users?
    • Above all else, site users are expected to behave in a safe, polite and courteous manner, abide by the site rules, and follow the instructions of staff at all times.
    • The States of Guernsey will not tolerate any intimidation or abuse on site, whether directed at staff or other site users. anyone who does not abide by this shall be issued with a verbal or written warning, and persistent offenders will be banned.
    • Equally the States of Guernsey will not tolerate such behaviour from its staff. Should you have any concerns in this respect please ask to speak to the Site Supervisor.
    • Site operations are licenced under the Environmental Pollution (Guernsey) Law, 2004. Guernsey Waste has a duty of care and is required to take reasonable measures to prevent any contravention of the Law.
       
    • What is expected of site staff?
    • Our staff are there primarily to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the site. For the most part this will involve directing visitors to the correct areas when dropping items off, ensuring the site rules are observed, and answering any queries. From time to time they may have to close areas to enable the safe changeover of containers and/or collections by our recycling partners. Patience from site users is appreciated.
    • Staff are not there to unload vehicles, but can provide assistance if required. This will be at the vehicle owner's risk.
    • Staff must always remain polite and courteous, and maintain the site so that it is clean and tidy. Should you consider that these standards are not being upheld, please speak to the Site Supervisor in the first instance.
  • Data Disclaimer

    • Computers, smartphones and similar devices may contain personal data and other information that can be recovered from the hard disk or memory, even after steps to delete that information, including reformatting or rewriting over disks and drives.
    • If you dispose of unwanted equipment of this type it is your responsibility to ensure that all information has been securely removed, if necessary by specialist contractors.
    • The States of Guernsey and the operators of the site accept No responsibility for any loss or damage of any description, however that might arise and of whatever nature resulting from the disposal of any such equipment at this Site and its subsequent recycling, recovery or acquisition by any third party.
    • In disposing of such equipment you accept and agree to the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.
  • Dropping off electrical items?

    • Many electrical items contain batteries, even some computer equipment that run from mains power. These pose a significant fire risk unless handled correctly, so we ask everyone to be extra cautious when dropping off any such items.
    • Any cordless and/or rechargeable electrical item (including electric toothbrushes, mobile phones, laptop computers, shavers, electronic scales, etc.) will have a battery. So too do all PCs (although you can't see it). 
    • Please make sure you remove batteries first and dispose of those separately in the bins provided at the HWRC. If you are unable to, because they are difficult to get to, please hand the item to a member of staff. They will then deal with it in the appropriate manner.
    • Remember it may not always be obvious if there is a battery.  If in doubt, please check with staff.  It is important that we ensure against the risk of fire. 
  • Comments, Compliments and Complaints

    • We value feedback from our customers and are keen to know how we can improve.  If you would like to provide feedback to us, both positive and negative, then please use the contact us button on this page.
    • To make a formal complaint, please write to:
    • Operations Manager, Guernsey Waste, States Works, La Hure Mare, Vale, GY3 5UD
    • Please also follow @RecycleForGsy on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and news.

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