October 7th, 2012 by Richard Lord
The Longue Hougue Recycling facility off Bulwer Avenue, St Sampson accepts a wide assortment of household items for reuse and recycling.
This facility diverts discarded materials from Mont Cuet – the one remaining rapidly filling landfill in Guernsey.
The sign at the entrance to the Longue Hougue recycling facility informs the visitor what can be recycled there, but it may not be possible to stop by the entrance to view the sign because of traffic to the site.
The Longue Hougue recycling facility was reorganised in the summer of 2012.
Although the recycling skips and bins can be moved around the premises, the facility is currently divided into several sections by metal fencing.
This article provides a pictorial guide to some of the items that the site will accept for recycling and reuse.
Please visit the States of Guernsey Longue Hougue recycling webpage for a full list of items that can be taken to the site.
The first section has a skip for aluminium recycling on the immediate left as one drives into the facility.
Near the skip for aluminium there is a skip for concrete rumble, bricks, broken china and porcelain, broken sanitary ware, and glass that can be ground up into aggregate.
There is also a skip for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) such as toasters, electric irons, music systems, broken computers and broken power tools.
Further to the east, there is an area for cookers and hobs.
To the south or right of the hobs and ovens there is a storage area for white goods such as refrigerators, dish washers, washing machines and dryers.
In front of, and to the right of these white goods, there is large skip for hard plastic, which was added to the facility in mid-September 2012 on a trial basis.
This skip is ideal for broken plastic children’s toys, broken garden furniture, broken hard plastic water butts and composters, and broken hard plastic buckets and storage boxes. Plastic coat hangers can go into this skip and anything else made of a hard plastic. The plastic doesn’t have to have a recycling number to be deposited here.
On the right, before going through the opening in the fence to the second section, there are a number of bins and skips for televisions, lead-acid batteries, household batteries, whole fluorescent tubes, and used printer cartridges.
The Guernsey Recycling skips for televisions are close to the cabin for Public Services Department employees. These televisions are taken to Guernsey Recycling Ltd where they are dismantled, and the components recycled.
Near the skips for televisions there are bins for lead-acid batteries and household batteries.
Next to the bins for batteries, to the south, there is a bin for intact fluorescent bulbs. Broken bulbs cannot be accepted.
To the east of the fluorescent bulbs, still in the first section, there is a bin for printer cartridges.
Drive the car through the opening in the fence and to the left, beyond another fence, there is a large tent.
The tent houses household and office furniture that can be reused. On occasion the tent also contains electrical goods in good working order such as televisions, electric space heaters, and also kitchen ware such as sets of dinner plates. A form has to be completed to remove any item from the site.
To the right along the waterfront there are large recycling containers for white Styrofoam and also for cardboard.
There are also a number of skips to deposit ferrous metal items such as rusty barbecues, broken metal furniture, and metal shelving.
There is a bin for metal pots, pans and trays.
Near this line of bins by the waterfront there is also a bin to deposit CDs and DVDs with or without their plastic cases.
Another bin receives VHS cassette tapes.
Along the fence on the north side of this area there are bays to deposit cans of unused or partially used paint.
And a section to deposit whole plastic flower pots.
There is also a bay for hand tools, and a bay to deposit old and unwanted bicycles.
The green sign at the Longue Hougue Recycling Facility entrance states that from 1 April to 31 October the site is open on weekdays from 7.30 am to 4.00 pm, and on weekends and Bank Holidays from 8.00 am to 5 pm.
From 1 November to 31 March the Longue Recycling Facility is open on weekdays from 7.30 am to 4.00 pm, and on weekends and Bank Holidays from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Please visit the States of Guernsey Public Services Department recycling webpage for further information about recycling in Guernsey.