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Household Waste & Recycling Centre to accept general waste

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Friday 15 May 2020

Islanders will again be able to dispose of general waste, furniture, wood, and other bulky items at the Household Waste & Recycling Centre (HWRC) from Monday 18th May.

Since the site at Longue Hougue reopened at the end of April, measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 have meant a limit on what materials could be dropped off. Initially, this was restricted to the most common recyclable items - blue and clear kerbside bags, food waste, glass, scrap metal, inert waste, electrical appliances and rigid plastic.

Recycling Officer, Tina Norman-Ross said this was part of the phased reintroduction of services at the HWRC, which has been busy since reopening. With the initial peak over, some additional bins provided for materials previously accepted are no longer required, so the site can now receive more items. 

As well as general waste and bulky items, from Monday the HWRC will also accept clothes and pairs of shoes, but with strict controls in place. They will need to be placed in a bag before being deposited in the bin, and loose items will not be accepted.

Charity clothing banks at all other locations remain closed, on public health advice.

"Unfortunately we still can't receive everything we normally take at the HWRC, but we can now accept general black bag waste, as well as bulky items such as wood and old sofas. We think islanders will welcome this, as we know a lot of households have taken the opportunity during the lockdown to have a clear out at home.

"We would remind everyone though not to include batteries, flares, or large metal items in their general waste as these present a hazard or can cause damage at the processing stage.''

The usual charges will apply for disposal of general waste, which will be based on £2.50 per black bag charge or equivalent. Staff will only be able to take card payments and contactless transactions are preferred.

Households that bring items not currently accepted will be asked to take them away again.

Similarly, items in good working condition that are suitable for reuse will not be able to be dropped off, so islanders are being encouraged to keep hold of these where possible.

To ensure social distance is maintained, site staff are unable to help unload vehicles. Large or heavy items, such as domestic appliances, should only be brought to the site if they can be safely unloaded by those delivering them. Anyone visiting the site can be accompanied by someone from the same household.

Bring bank sites currently remain closed and islanders are encouraged to make full use of the kerbside recycling scheme. There is also no limit to the number of general waste bags households can set out, provided each one has the appropriate payment sticker applied and is not too heavy for the collection contractors to lift.

  • Items not currently accepted

    • Batteries - household & car
      Bubble wrap and polythene
      CDs, DVDs & VHS
      Fire extinguishers
      Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs
      Gas cylinders
      Oil (cooking and motor)
      Polystyrene (except in black bags)
      Printer cartridges
      TVs/computer screens
      uPVC windows & doors
  • Items currently accepted

    • Blue & clear kerbside recycling bags
      Bulky cardboard
      Clothing & shoes*
      Domestic appliances
      Food waste
      Furniture (unsuitable for reuse)*
      General waste and bulky waste*
      Glass bottle and jars
      Inert waste (e.g. bricks, stone, ceramics, etc.)
      Rigid plastics
      Scrap metal
      Small electric items, incl. computers
    • *From Monday 18th May





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