G-CAN’s stance on PSD’s solid waste public consultation

September 10th, 2010 by Rosie

Guernsey Climate Action Network (G-CAN) are one of the stakeholder groups participating in the Public Service Department‘s Waste Consultation which began on 8 and 9 September 2010. Yvonne Burford who is one of the G-CAN representatives in this process said ‘Whilst G-CAN has reservations about the length of the process, we will be participating fully in it. Over the last few years, G-CAN has consistently promoted the need for Guernsey’s waste strategy to adhere to the Waste Hierarchy. This simple, universal concept dictates that the main priority should be waste prevention and reduction, followed by reuse and repair, then recycling and finally, as a last resort, disposal.

We will continue to oppose the idea that the main investment Guernsey makes in dealing with our waste should be at the final stage and we were reassured to receive the workshop briefing papers from PSD clearly outlining the Waste Hierarchy as best practice that will be at the heart of any future strategy”.

G-CAN’s Key Waste Principles

  • Waste prevention and reduction is about the avoidance of unneccesary waste – for example by using reusable items in place of disposable ones, stopping unneccesary packaging, and at its most simple, not buying stuff we don’t really need in the first place.
  • Greater reuse and repair could be achieved and enhanced by the provision of a large, undercover civic amenity centre for unwanted items, together with a repair centre with some costs being offset by the sale of items. This would complement existing streams such as charity shops/car boot sales and the existing scavenging yard.
  • Studies have shown the instigation of a kerbside recycling scheme could significantly improve recycling rates locally. It would also put recycling on a par with black bag disposal for user friendliness – an important step in converting non-recyclers.
  • Food collection to be handled by Anerobic Digestion/composting facilities to specified standards. As a wealthy community we have a high proportion of food waste that is currently sent to the tip, where it is the very worst offender for producing methane (a potent greenhouse gas). By removing food from the waste stream it will instantly improve conditions at Mont Cuet and provide local fertilisers, which in turn reduces our dependence on off-island fertilisers.
  • If the above process is carried out thoroughly, there will be little left for final disposal. EU regulations are increasingly seeking to reduce unnecessary packaging and make producers responsible for the waste they produce. These regulations will increasingly filter through to Guernsey through UK suppliers, further reducing true residual waste.
  • A pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) method of charging for waste services makes us responsible for the waste we produce. Those that produce little waste have smaller bills. This can motivate people to think about their rubbish differently.

Anyone wanting to learn more about G-CAN and their work on waste can contact Yvonne Burford on 264 776 or atplir(at)hotmail.com

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