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UK Minister continues engagement with the Crown Dependencies on Brexit
Tuesday 25 April 2017

Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker, yesterday (24th April 2017) hosted the third meeting in a series of regular talks with the Crown Dependencies to ensure that their interests are taken into consideration in relation to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

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Aspire2Be supports local educators to attend British Isles Google for Education Summit
Monday 24 April 2017

Forty Bailiwick teachers and educators are being sponsored to attend the forthcoming British Isles Google for Education Summit thanks to the support of Education Services' edtech partner Aspire2Be.

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The new Population Management Office has received more than 200 applications so far
Friday 21 April 2017

The Population Management Office has confirmed that transitioning from the former housing licence system, with about 900 applications made under the Housing Control Law still to process, to dealing with applications under the new law, has resulted in longer turnaround times in the short term.

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Guernsey's Waste Strategy encourages islanders to reduce waste, and provides services and facilities that make it easy to reuse and recycle.

Many unwanted household items that are still in good condition can be given a new lease of life by someone else.  They can be donated to charity shops, or dropped off at the Longue Hougue recycling facility for other islanders to take away.  Reusing these items stops them ending up as waste. 

For those things we cannot reuse, or prevent in the first place, recycling is the next best option. This ensures we take maximum advantage of these materials, and has many benefits. For example, manufacturing products with recycled material requires less energy than using virgin material.  It also reduces demand for finite natural resources, and the energy needed to mine or extract raw materials where they naturally occur, and transport them around the world for processing.

Recycling an aluminium can uses 5% of the energy needed to make it from raw material...

Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a TV for 20 minutes...

 

  • How do I recycle?

    • Every household in Guernsey has a weekly recycling collection, for which bags can be requested here.  Recycling bring banks are also provided in a number of sites around the island, for glass, bulky cardboard, textiles, books and other items.
    • A household recycling centre at Longue Hougue accepts a range of different households materials, including items for reuse. Local charity shops will also accept items that are in good condition. 
    • For businesses, recycling services are provided by commercial contractors. 
  • Where can I get recycling bags?

    • Bags are available, free of charge, from most local supermarkets, in exchange for a voucher.  To request a voucher click here.   
  • When are the recycling facilities open?

    • Longue Hougue Recycling Facility

      Please note: Longue Hougue Recycling Facility will be closed from Monday 24th April until Friday 28th April to allow the site to be relocated, to make way for a new, purpose-built Household Waste Recycling Centre on the current site.  The site will re-open in its new temporary location on Saturday 29th April.
      Summer opening hours (1 April to 31 October)
      Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 5pm
      Closed Liberation Day
      Winter opening hours  (1 November to 31 March)
      Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9am to 1pm
      Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
      For a list of items accepted at Longue Hougue see here
    • Green Waste Site (Chouet)

      Monday - Friday: 7am to 4pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 5pm
      Closed Liberation Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
    • Inert Waste Site (Longue Hougue)

      Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4.45pm
      Saturday:  7am to 10am
      Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
    • Fontaine Waste Segregation Facility- commercial only

      Monday - Friday: 9am to 3pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
    • States Works, La Hure Mare- commercial EPS only

      Monday - Thursday: 7am to 4pm
      Friday:  7am to 1pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
  • When is my kerbside recycling collected?

    • Your bin man will pick up either your clear bag or your blue bag on your normal bin night.  Further details of when that is can be found by referring to our page on collections.
    • All collections are at night - simply put your recycling and black bags out on the appropriate evening, and it should be gone by the morning.
  • Which materials are collected kerbside?

    • Most everyday household recyclable items are included in the kerbside collection service.  Two types of bags are provided to put these out for collection, and will be picked up on alternating weeks:-
    • Clear Bag - Paper and cardboard
    • Blue Bag - Tins and cans; plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; foil; and milk and juice cartons
  • What happens after my recycling is collected?

    • It is taken to a local sorting facility where the bags are opened and the contents sorted into the various different materials. These are then baled, exported, and processed ready to be used to manufacture new products.
  • What if my kerbside bags aren't taken away?

    • We have to ensure everything we collect can be processed efficiently.  So if you put out the wrong coloured bag, or it has the wrong materials in it, your bin man may not take it. If it has been left, there will be an explanatory sticker affixed to your bag.  Please take your recycling back in and either re-sort the materials ready for your next collection, or take them to a bring bank site.
    • If you think the bag has simply been missed, please contact your parish constables unless you live in St Peter Port, in which case call 01481 231234.
  • What can't go in the kerbside recycling bags?

    • General household waste and food waste must still be put out in black bags or dustbins. Any items contaminated with food (e.g. chip papers, take-away pizza boxes) should also not be included with your recycling.
    • I don't have space for lots of bins, so how can I recycle?
    • The kerbside service should make recycling easier and more convenient, but we appreciate it is more difficult for some islanders. If you can't do everything, just recycling some items can help to make a difference. For advice on how to start, please contact us. Alternatively, the bring banks will continue to be available.
  • What colour bag is being collected this week?

    • For details of which colour bag to put out for collection each week please click on the recycling icon at the top of this website.
  • What if I forget to put my recycling out?

    • Either keep it until the next blue or clear bag collection, or you can sort the items and take them along to a bring bank site.
  • Is there a limit on how many recycling bags I can put out?

    • No. You can put out as many as you need, provided materials are put out in the right bag on the correct night. Please do not overfill bags.
  • Is glass collected from the kerbside?

    • Not yet, but a successful trial has been carried out and it is currently planned to introduce glass collections in 2018.  In the meantime, please continue using the bring banks to recycle your bottles and jars.
  • What about carrier bags and other thin plastics?

    • The main issue with these often lower grade plastics is they can get caught up in the automated machines used to sort plastics, causing breakdowns. We therefore cannot accept them in the recycling collections, but some supermarkets have facilities to collect carrier bags, so they can be recycled separately.
  • Why can't we recycle black plastic?

    • We do not currently have a market for recycling black plastic. And we are not alone - councils throughout the UK have a similar issue. It also causes problems with sorting the 'good' plastics, so processors want us to keep this out.
  • A list of items that are accepted at Longue Hougue

    • Batteries (household)BicyclesBricks
      Bubble wrap (clear/clean)Car batteriesCDs
      Computers/monitorsConcrete BlocksCooking Oil
      DVDsElectrical appliancesElectric cables
      Fire extinguishersFlower potsFridges/freezers
      Gas cylindersHand toolsKitchen appliances
      Low energy light bulbsMetal furnitureMetal (scrap)
      Motor/engine oilNails, screws and boltsPaint
      Paving slabsPlastic garden furniturePlastic toys
      PolystyrenePolythene (clear/clean)Power tools
      Printer cartridges"Rigid" plasticsScrap Metal
      TVsVideos/Cassette tapesWooden doors
      Wooden Furniture  

 

 

 

Downloads

2017 kerbside recycling calendar What can be recycled and where? Waste sites & charges 2017 Charging Guidance and Conditions for Acceptance 2017 2015 Waste Management Report Guernsey Waste Annual Report 2015

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