Thousands of islanders will be the first to take advantage of Guernsey’s kerbside recycling scheme this coming Sunday.
Islanders in St Sampson’s and parts of St Peter Port whose regular bin night is Sunday will be the first to leave out their paper and card in clear bags for their bin men to collect this weekend.
Collections will be taking place across the island all next week, and information packs have been sent to every household, stating clearly which night to put out their recycling. In most parishes this will be the same night as their weekly rubbish collection.
St Sampson’s Constables have also written to every household in the parish explain that the first of the two current bin nights will become a recycling only collection.
The first week will see clear bags containing mixed paper and card being collected with blue bags containing mixed tins, cans, plastic containers and drinks cartons the following week.
‘This weekend, islanders who usually put their normal bin bags out on Sunday night will hopefully be placing clear bags with paper and card out for collection. The following Sunday they will leave out their blue bags and so on in an alternating fashion,’ said Tina Norman-Ross, waste prevention and recycling officer at Public Services.
‘We expect that islanders will adjust to the new routine with relative ease. We’re hoping that those who have struggled to get to the bring banks in the past will welcome it,’ she said.
Glass will not be collected during the interim scheme, but can still be deposited at one of the bring bank sites located around the island.
‘We are confident that we will see a real impact on Guernsey’s overall recycling rate. A survey at last year’s Homelife Show indicated that 80% of people who don’t currently recycle would start doing so to some degree once kerbside collection was made available. These small changes, on an island-wide scale, will go a long way,’ said Mrs Norman-Ross.
‘During our recent drop-in sessions, the comments we have received from the public have been very positive. There are still many questions however and part of the purpose of having an interim period is to address these,’ she said.
The last of the Public Services drop-in sessions will be held at Waitrose, Admiral Park this Saturday, 8 March from 10am-4.30pm and M&S in St Martin’s on Sunday 9 March from 10am -12pm.
Those unable to visit the drop-in session can obtain more information online at www.gov.gg/recycling, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call public services on 234699.