Reduce weight of household waste to reduce the parish refuse rate

January 23rd, 2013 by Richard Lord

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department offers Guernsey residents the option of recycling a very large assortment of materials at the bring banks, at the Longue Hougue recycling facility, and at Chouet for green (garden) waste, but many people in our community do not use these facilities.

The imperative to recycle is greater than ever as homeowners pay through their parish refuse rate increasingly high charges for their household waste to be tipped at the Mont Cuet landfill.

The Mont Cuet landfill photographed on 28 January 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

On 1 January 2013 the charge for tipping household waste at Mont Cuet went up to £152.20 per tonne from £144.92 per tonne in 2012, making the tipping fee at the Mont Cuet landfill one of the highest in the British Isles.

The largest component of the parish refuse rate is the landfill tipping fee, with the collection and delivery of household waste to the landfill costing less.

The parish refuse rate can be reduced by reducing the total weight of household waste put out for collection in each parish during the year.

Including food waste, up to about 90% of the weight of regular household waste can be recycled.

About 30% of household waste by weight is food waste, which can be composted at home if a suitable outdoor space is available.

The rest of the recyclable material can be brought for recycling to the various facilities provided by the States of Guernsey Public Services Department.

Regular household waste includes mostly recyclable packaging material made of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal (tins and Aluminium cans), and glass.

Some of the recyclable material in the household waste that was put out for collection at the corner of Pedvin Street and Hauteville, St Peter Port on 23 January 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Other than food waste, glass bottles are often the heaviest component of household waste.

Recycling all glass bottles can significantly reduce the Mont Cuet landfill tipping charges parishes pay.

If you don’t recycle for whatever reason, please empty all the bottles and containers before placing them in the household waste.

Liquid remaining in bottles and cans is weighed on delivery to the Mont Cuet landfill and charged for in the parish refuse rate.

Bottles in household waste that still contain liquid cost more to deposit at the Mont Cuet landfill (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Household waste put out for collection should only contain household waste.

The household waste collection isn’t for wardrobes, or pots and pans, or building material.  Clothing, shoes, books, DVD, and CDs (for example) can be brought to Salvation Army bring banks, and builders’ rubble, and pots and pans can be taken for recycling to the Longue Hougue recycling facility.

If you are unable to bring recyclable material to a bring bank or to the Longue Hougue recycling facility perhaps a neighbour or two would be willing to do so for you when they do their recycling. Residents helping each other to recycle will lower parish refuse rates for everyone.

Material included in household waste for collection at the corner of Pedvin Street and Hauteville on 23 January 2013. Stone, gravel, sand and cement doesn't belong in household waste (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Many of us are tempted by two for one offers at supermarkets or discounted prices for food approaching its sell-by-date.

Wasted food equals wasted money - chicken pate at the corner of Pedvin Street and Hauteville on 23 January 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

If we don’t eat the food we buy, we not only waste money, but we may add unnecessarily to the amount of household food waste sent to Mont Cuet, and the size of the parish refuse rate.

Guernsey residents can also reduce their parish refuse rate by helping their parish to reduce costs by placing their household waste for collection on the correct day. The household waste collection day for a particular street or a neighbourhood is published by each parish.

Household waste put out for collection a day too early lies distributed on the pavement at the corner of Pedvin Street and Hauteville on 23 January 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Household waste placed in bags for collection on the wrong day is more liable to be torn open by gulls and cats looking for food.

Torn household bin bags cause a mess in the street that residents complain about, and that costs the parish and their household waste contractor extra time and money to clean up.

With the parish refuse rate becoming painful expensive for many households, there has never been a greater incentive to help your parish help you by recycling as much household waste as possible, and putting out your household waste for collection on the correct day.

 

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