Extra bins are being provided at all the main recycling sites over Christmas, with additional collections also laid on to cope with the peak demand.
However instead of rushing to use the extra facilities, Public Services will be encouraging islanders to put their feet up on Boxing Day, to avoid the traditional rush.
Although no problems have been reported problems for the last two years, in the past some bring bank facilities struggled to cope with the volume of recycling straight after Christmas. Mrs Norman-Ross said the improvement was not just because additional facilities were provided, but thanks to the efforts from contractors States Works and Mayside Recycling.
“We really can’t thank them enough. While most of us are enjoying a relaxing Christmas, the guys will be out there until late on Christmas Eve clearing all the sites and then back in early on Boxing Day to keep on top of what is a bumper period,” she said.
“It would help them a lot if people don’t leave any items beside the bins. So if anyone finds the bring bank is full, please, please take it away and try again later. And Boxing Day is traditionally the busiest, so it is worth waiting a day or two if you can. Just relax and enjoy the holiday.”
Despite encouraging islanders to take their time, Public Services is hoping for a bumper recycling Christmas.
“We are really proud of islanders recycling efforts, and we hope 2013 is going to be another record year,” she said.
Any Christmas cardboard packaging and wrapping can be deposited at the bring bank sites, and polythene and bubble wrap can be recycled at the Longue Hougue.
Mrs Norman Ross said the Department was not just targeting Christmas packaging.
“Anyone clearing space for all the wonderful gifts they hope to receive and need to clear old, unwanted items should think about a trip to Longue Hougue. A lot of items can be dropped off their, and they will either be given a new lease of life or recycled.”
The Longue Hougue recycling centre is only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.