Guernsey Waste Strategy – Options Evaluation Criteria

September 8th, 2010 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

There are many criteria that must be taken into account when evaluating different waste management options. The list below includes criteria drawn from many other similar projects, adapted to reflect local circumstances, as well as others that have been added as relevant to Guernsey.


Air, Land and Aquatic Environment

  • Consideration of impacts on the local environment in terms of pollution to air, soil and water.
  • Global Climate Change – Consideration of any net increase or reduction in release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane.
  • Natural Heritage – Any impacts on habitats and the quality, quantity and diversity of species of flora and fauna.
  • Renewable Energy Production – The ability to contribute to renewable energy supplies.
  • Amenity – Consideration of our enjoyment of our Island in terms of any impacts from noise, dust, odour, traffic, etc.
  • Transport – The local impact from the transport and movement of waste and recyclates.
  • Sustainable Waste Management – The contribution to promoting sustainable management of waste in terms of reuse and recycling through available markets, and minimising the disposal of any residual waste after treatment.
  • Non-Renewable Resource Use – Consideration of any consumption of finite resources such as energy or raw materials and promoting sustainable production and consumption.
  • Water Resources – The impact of any option of options would have on catchment areas and local water supplies.


  • Cost – The overall cost of any waste management solution, the impact on end users, and any positive or negative effects on islanders and/or businesses , e.g. promoting more sustainable waste management.
  • Finance/Affordability – Can an option or options attract sufficient funding either from the States or the private sector to implement and operate?
  • Impact on Island Economy – Any negative impact on local businesses, or positive business opportunities that result from more sustainable waste management activities.


  • Employment – Consideration of any impacts on local employment opportunities, e.g. number of new jobs, re-allocation of existing jobs, requirement for skilled operators, automation of manual tasks.
  • Making Producers Responsible – Encouraging waste producers (householders, businesses, government) to take responsibility for their own waste.
  • Skills Base – Considering any positive opportunities for improving skills through training and providing more skilled job opportunities for local people, and avoiding the need to bring in specialist skills.
  • Public Acceptability – Which option or options best meet with the widest public approval, both in principle and in practice?
  • Accidents – Whether any option or options increase risk of accidents or threats to public safety, e.g. from machinery or transport of hazardous wastes.
  • Social Implications – Consideration of any potential effects on society, and whether or not these are equitable or produce inequalities.
  • Cultural Heritage – The impact of any option or options on the island’s landscape, archaeological remains, historic sites and buildings, including monuments and listed buildings.


  • Practical Deliverability – Would an option or options work in practice with economic, legal and planning constraints?
  • Technical Feasibility – Are elements of the waste strategy appropriately tried, tested and reliable and are there established markets for the outputs e.g. recyclates, residual waste by-products?
  • Flexibility – Can an option or options deal with variations in waste in the future, avoid over-committing now to methods that may change, and embrace new or more effective techniques that arise and respond to new regulation?
  • Making Best Use of Existing Facilities and Expertise – Considering whether an option or options make best use of existing facilities, infrastructure and/or available skills (if all are up to standard.)
  • Timescale – Can an option or options be delivered within the required timeframe?
  • Compliance With Other Policies – Do options fit with other existing policies, e.g. planning, housing, economic development, tourism?
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