Disposing of rubbish
What are the different bags I need to use?
There is a reusable, heavy duty and wipe clean bag for glass collection. Glass is collected fortnightly, just like the blue or clear kerbside bags. There is no charge for this service.
You will need to place any food waste into your smaller, counter-top plastic 'caddy' which can sit in your kitchen. Once full, the bag can be tied and placed into the larger black reusable plastic bin and put out for a weekly collection. Please remember to place a liner in your smaller caddy as it will keep it clean and free of spillages and to tie food waste securely in a bag to be collected. There is no charge for this service. If you do not have these reusable containers in your home please contact Waste & Recycling on 231234 and they will arrange for Guernsey Post to deliver.
Some of the GHA properties who have communal bin schemes may have communal food and glass waste bins.
Kerbside recycling - cardboard or plastic
There is no change to the blue or clear recycling bag collections. These occur once a fortnight, alternating between blue one week and clear the next. Please ensure you put the correct items in the correct colour bags. Contaminated bags will not be collected. A guide to household waste and recycling collections can be found here.
With the weekly food waste collection, you will now have less general rubbish. General rubbish means anything that can’t go into one of the recycling collections such as black plastic, crisp packets, paper and card contaminated with food and disposable nappies. This will need to be placed into a black bag for collection every fortnight. In some areas of St Peter Port collections take place weekly.
From 3 February 2019 the new charging system will apply. Please refer to household waste charges here.
What waste or rubbish will be collected from my house?
Your weekly collection will be
- food waste
- blue or clear bag
- black bag of general rubbish or glass.
How much will it cost?
The cost of the sticker depends on the size of the bag that you are throwing out. Find out more about this here.
How does the food recycling work?
A new waste transfer station has been built at Longue Hougue. It receives and processes materials prior to export for recycling, energy recovery or disposal.
Separately collected food waste will be pre-processed at the transfer station, but will then undergo a different method of treatment to other black bag waste. It will be exported to a specialist facility in the south of England and used to generate electricity and produce a compost material.
What will my waste bills look like?
Your parish and the States will set a number of fixed charges.
Fixed charge to cover waste and recycling collections from your parish:
- £85 fixed charge to cover some of the treatment and processing costs for recycling will be recovered from rents and for partial owners will be recovered from the service charge
- £2.50 or £1.40 (depending on the size of your bag) "pay as you throw" charge – stickers will need to be purchased and fixed onto each bag.
What is flytipping?
Flytipping is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection or using an authorised rubbish dump.
The GHA spends a vast amount of money each year dealing with this issue, spending time viewing CCTV to enable us to recoup the costs by recharging the offender. The GHA closely monitors this and anything that cannot be recharged to the culprit, will lead to an increase in service charges and rents.
What do I do with any unwanted personal items?
Tenants should not dispose of unwanted personal items in the communal bin stores or anywhere on their development. Items can either be taken to the States recycling sites or arrangements can be made for them to be collected by Bulk Refuse. Their number is 231234.
For more information on what can be recycled and where please check here.
All tenants and partial owners are responsible for the correct disposal of their waste. Failure to do so will result in an increase in their costs.