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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Contact Us - Recycling

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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 ................

Details of our recycling and waste sites can be found below along with information on how and what to recycle.

  • 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

      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
  • 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.
  • When 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 231200.
  • 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?

    • Unfortunately glass needs to be kept separate from other materials, so was not included in the initial kerbside collection scheme. However we are currently looking at the viability of glass collections for when the full scheme is introduced. 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  


Blue or Clear Week - 2016 kerbside recycling calendar 2015 Waste Management Report Guernsey Waste Annual Report 2015 Waste site charges 2016 What can be recycled and where?

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