States' Trading Supervisory Board - P.2022/63
The States are asked to decide:-
Whether, after consideration of the Policy Letter of the States' Trading Supervisory Board titled 'Future Waste Charges', they are of the opinion:-
1. To note the States' Trading Supervisory Board's intention to increase household waste charges annually from 2022 to 2025, as set out below:-
a. an annual increase of RPIx plus 5% to the "pay as you throw" bag charge for general waste;
b. an increase of RPIx plus £5 per year to the Waste Disposal Authority's annual waste charge; and
c. from 2023, to introduce a "pay as you throw" bag charge for kerbside collection of recyclable materials, except for food waste and glass.
2. To note that the current self-funding model for Guernsey Waste is not currently sustainable and, given anticipated trends and expected developments in the UK and elsewhere, it is unlikely to be sustainable in the short, medium, or long term.
3. To direct the Policy & Resources Committee:-
a. to write off Guernsey Waste's accumulated losses, before depreciation, of £2.97 million for 2019, 2020 and 2021 combined; and
b. from 2022 onwards, to provide Guernsey Waste with an annual cash limit from General Revenue to cover the forecast trading deficit for each year.
4. To note the States' Trading Supervisory Board, in consultation with the Policy & Resources Committee, the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and the Douzaines, will review the current arrangements for household waste and recycling collections, to identify the optimum future arrangements; and if necessary will report back to the States setting out proposals for any required changes to the statutory Waste Management Plan and to relevant legislation including the Parochial Collection of Waste (Guernsey) Law, 2015 and the Parochial Collection of Waste (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2018.
5. To direct the Policy & Resources Committee to take all practical steps to enable joint billing of Tax on Real Property and the Waste Disposal Authority's annual waste charges from 2023.
6. If Proposition 3 a) or b) is approved, to make any necessary amendments to the Waste Management Services (Charging) Ordinance, 2018 and other legislation relevant to waste charging to reflect the fact that full costs of the Waste Disposal Authority's waste management services would not be recouped from charges.
7. If Proposition 3 b) is approved, to direct the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure to prepare, following relevant recommendations to it by the States' Trading Supervisory Board, any necessary amendments to the current statutory Waste Management Plan (WMP) to revise the arrangements for the recovery of the costs of the management of waste identified in the WMP and to submit a revised draft WMP for consideration by the States.
8. To direct the preparation of any necessary legislation to give effect to their above decisions.