Longue Hougue recycling facility extends life of Mont Cuet landfill

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.

Items that can be taken to the Longue Hougue recycling facility for reuse or recycling (click image to expand)

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.

A skip of aluminium which will go to Guernsey Recycling Ltd for processing (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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.

Electric and microwave ovens at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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.

white goods at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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.

A skip with hard plastic at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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.

A skip of televisions at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Near the skips for televisions there are bins for lead-acid batteries and household batteries.

A bin to collect lead acid batteries for recycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Longue Hougue recycling facility accepts used batteries (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Next to the bins for batteries, to the south, there is a bin for intact fluorescent bulbs. Broken bulbs cannot be accepted.

Intact fluorescent tubes can be taken to Longue Hougue facility for recycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

To the east of the fluorescent bulbs, still in the first section, there is a bin for printer cartridges.

Bin for printer cartridges at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Drive the car through the opening in the fence and to the left, beyond another fence, there is a large tent.

The tent to house household and office furniture that is suitable for reuse (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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.

The Longue Hougue recycling facility tent that contains household items that can be reused (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

To the right along the waterfront there are large recycling containers for white Styrofoam and also for cardboard.

The inside of the recycling container that accepts clean, white Styrofoam packing material (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

There are also a number of skips to deposit ferrous metal items such as rusty barbecues, broken metal furniture, and metal shelving.

Skips at the Longue Hougue recycling facility accept items with a metal component (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

There is a bin for metal pots, pans and trays.

Pots and pans in a bin at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Near this line of bins by the waterfront there is also a bin to deposit CDs and DVDs with or without their plastic cases.

A bin for CD and CD cases (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Another bin receives VHS cassette tapes.

VHS video cassette tapes at the Longue Hougue recycling facility (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Along the fence on the north side of this area there are bays to deposit cans of unused or partially used paint.

Longue Hougue recycling facility has an area for depositing unfinished cans of paint (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

And a section to deposit whole plastic flower pots.

Bring whole flower pots to the Longue Hougue recycling facility for reuse or recycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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.

Longue Hougue recycling facility times of opening (click image to expand)

Please visit the States of Guernsey Public Services Department recycling webpage for further information about recycling in Guernsey.

 

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