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Guernsey Waste seeks temporary reuse assistants

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Tuesday 21 June 2022

Guernsey Waste is looking to appoint two temporary assistants to help run the reuse service at the Longue Hougue Household Waste & Recycling Centre over the summer.

The role will include identifying items that are brought into the facility that could be given a new lease of life through local charities and other organisations.

Local charity GO has been operating the reuse service in conjunction with Guernsey Waste since 2017, but that contract is due to end next month.

Guernsey Waste recently invited expressions of interest from local charities and other parties who might wish to take over the operation.  The temporary staff will now help to maintain the service until more permanent arrangements are put in place.  Applicants do not require any experience of waste management or reuse, as training will be provided.

Operations Manager Sarah Robinson said: "Ever since the centre opened in 2019 GO has managed the reuse facility on our behalf.  It was encouraging to hear from so many interested parties when we recently went out for expressions of interest.

"However, as expected, there is not one party that can pick it up from GO like for like.  We are therefore considering all the options for the future operation of the reuse service and, all being well, building on the success achieved to date.  Inevitably there is going to be some changes and potentially some investment may be required, so that needs to be scoped out further so that we can take the service forward in the best way."

Guernsey Waste will operate the service for the next few months and work directly with charitable off-takers. This will enable it to gather some ideas on how the service could evolve and test some options. 

Miss Robinson said: "The benefit of having had a charity partner in the past, as well as providing direct access to a reuse network, is it enabled us to focus on other areas of operation.  We are going to be more hands on with this service now for the next few months, to enable us to build up a picture of the appetite for the items and provide some data towards any investment required whilst maintaining some continuity of service. 

"As reuse is high up the waste hierarchy which underpins the island's waste strategy, we want to make sure we progress with the best option and take this opportunity to make sure this is considered properly."

Guernsey Waste would also like to hear from any local businesses or charities who might be interested in taking items for repair and/or reuse.

The full job description can be found here.

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