Thursday 26 May 2022
The charge for disposing of a standard size bag of household waste will rise from £2.70 to £2.92 from 1st July.
Guernsey Waste's annual charge for 2022 will also increase this year, from £90 in 2021 to £97.97 per household.
It is only the second increase since the current charging arrangements were introduced in 2019, and the first for 18 months. It means that excluding parish collection charges, households will pay on average around £170 this year for all their waste and recycling services. That is an increase of around £13 compared to 2021, and covers the sorting, processing, export and treatment costs for general rubbish, food waste and recycling.
It also includes provision of facilities such as the Household Waste & Recycling Centre, the Chouet green waste site, and the bring bank sites.
The 2022 charges, equivalent to an average of £3.30 a week, are still well below the £4.25 per week that it was forecast households would pay, on average, when the new system of collections and charges were introduced in 2018 and 2019.
Even with the rise in charges, Guernsey Waste is expected to report another trading deficit this year. This is largely due to the shortfall in anticipated income from bag charges, due to the increase in the amount of material being recycled, including food waste, compared to what was forecast since the new system came into effect.
The States' Trading Supervisory Board, which has responsibility for Guernsey Waste, is carrying out a review of the current charging arrangements. A policy letter is expected to be debated by the States later this year.
The new price of £2.92 is for a standard green pay as you throw sticker, for bags of up to 90 litres capacity. The price of an orange sticker, for a small bag of up to 50 litres, will also rise from 1st July, by 12p to £1.62.
The bills for Guernsey Waste's annual charge are expected to be sent out in late July or early August.