Guernsey households continue to increase their recycling rate

May 16th, 2011 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Household recycling has reached a new high, with more than 47% of domestic waste being recycled in the 12 months to the end of March.

The figure compares to the 45.8% recycled in 2010.

Household and commercial waste being landfilled at Mont Cuet also fell to a new low, in the first quarter of this year.

The Mont Cuet landfill receives about 36,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial garbage per year (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

In total nearly 3,000 tonnes were recycled in the first three months of the year – an increase of more than a quarter compared to the same period in 2010.

The Longue Hougue site was also busier, visited by more than 15,750 vehicles. Almost 2,500 disclaimers were signed for the items being scavenged.

Furniture on display at the Longue Hougue scavenging yard (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Public Services Deputy Minister, Scott Ogier, said ‘These figures are very positive and we hope that we continue to see improvements throughout the year. We expect recycling of plastics in particular to grow; from January islanders have been able to recycle plastic types five and six along with the usual one and two. We hope that as people adapt their recycling habits these figures will increase.’

‘The continuing growth at Longue Hougue is another really positive sign that islanders are re-using a lot of old items and material as well as recycling,’ said Deputy Ogier.

‘The recycling of green waste also looks set to break records, largely due to improvements in the green waste management scheme made by the Department.’

 

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