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Kerbside Recycling bags delivered to Guernsey homes from next week

February 13th, 2014 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Guernsey’s specially designed recycling bags in production at the Gelpack factory in Hereford.

Guernsey’s specially designed blue recycling bag for clean food tins, drink cans, clean aluminium foil and trays, aerosol cans, clean plastic packaging, and washed out cardboard milk and juice cartons (click image to expand – image courtesy of the States of Guernsey Public Services Department)

More than two million specially designed bags have been produced for Guernsey residents to use when the new kerbside recycling collections are introduced in March 2014.

A supply of the bags, made from recycled plastic, will be delivered to every household from the week beginning 17 February 2014.

They will be used for mixed recycling, which will be picked up by along with the regular parish black bag collections.

Clear bags are being provided for mixed paper and cardboard.

Blue bags are for mixed tins, cans, plastic containers and drinks cartons.

The parish bin men will collect clear bags one week, and blue ones the next.

Full instructions on how to use the new service are also being delivered to households from the week of Monday 17 February. Continue reading

Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden in Saumarez Park needs volunteers, old cards, egg boxes and small gifts

January 31st, 2014 by Richard Lord

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(click image to expand)

The Guernsey Botanical Trust 25 January 2014 ‘Garden Gossip‘ newsletter states that the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden is now an accredited Guernsey visitor attraction.

The beautiful garden expects many visitors in 2014. The garden hopes to open from 10.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays between March and September 2014 and Bank Holidays, but the Guernsey Botanical Trust needs a sufficient number of volunteers to open the garden gates, put out the information boards and greet visitors.

The charity is asking for new volunteers to offer three hours per week for the 2014 season.

The charity is launching a “Meet the Team” evening on Thursday 13 February 2014 at 7.00 p.m. at the Castel Douzaine room, Les Beaucamps.

The charity also requests donations of items photographed in the image above.

Contact it by emailing: [email protected]

 

Guernsey conservation projects can enter 2014 Conservation Awards

January 29th, 2014 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

(click on image to open and download Conservation Awards entry form from Insurance Corporation website)

(click on image to open and download Conservation Awards entry form as a PDF file from the Insurance Corporation website)

Guernsey conservationists are encouraged to celebrate their work in this year’s Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

Now in their 24th year, the awards are open to individuals, businesses, organisations and schools that have created, or who have plans to create, an environmental project for the benefit of the Island.

Glyn Smith, Insurance Corporation managing director, said “this year we will introducing a new award in honour of Peter Walpole, Insurance Corporation chairman and founder of the Conservation Awards.” Continue reading

Where to drop off real Christmas trees for recycling in Guernsey?

December 23rd, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Area to drop off real Christmas trees at Le Friquet Garden Centre on 3 January 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Area to drop off real Christmas trees at Le Friquet Garden Centre on 3 January 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department have organised the recycling of real Christmas trees.

Between 27 December 2013 and the end of January 2014 real Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

 

Sharing is Good by Beth Buczynski

November 18th, 2013 by New Society Publishers

(click book cover to go to book publisher's website)

(click book cover to go to book publisher’s website)

NBC’s Today Show stated that ‘collaborative consumption‘ is exploding.

“It has become the norm: People using online sites to share what they have – in the tangible world – with strangers,” they stated.

Beth Buczynski’s book Sharing is Good is a practical guide to collaborative consumption — a new way of living where access is valued over ownership, experience is valued over material possessions, and “mine” becomes “ours” so that humanity’s needs can be met without waste.

The book is designed to expose readers to specific services that make sharing fun and safe.

It examines the history, barriers and benefits of sharing, and provides hundreds of resources that can jump-start a sharing lifestyle. Continue reading

Clean power stations on Jerbourg

September 19th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Three clean power stations operate near Route de Jerbourg in the parish of St Martin, Guernsey.

These photovoltaic power stations feed into the Guernsey electricity grid.

The largest of the three renewable energy installations off the Route de Jerbourg includes photovoltaic panels to produce electricity and solar thermal evacuated tubes to produce hot water.

These solar panels were installed by Solar UK on the roof of Deputy Mike Hadley‘s home.

A wide-angle view of Deputy Mike Hadley's roof showing the solar thermal panels for producing hot water on the right, and the 45 photovoltaic panels in the centre and to the left for producing electricity (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A wide-angle view of Deputy Mike Hadley’s roof showing the solar thermal panels for producing hot water on the right, and the 45 photovoltaic panels in the centre and to the left for producing electricity (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

In the summer of 2013, photovoltaic panels were installed by the former renewable energy company e-si Ltd. to supply electricity to the Grimshaw family’s newly-built well-insulated and energy efficient Hanse Haus. These PV panels were Continue reading

St Peter Port Open Garden in aid of Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association on 11 August 2013

July 24th, 2013 by Events

(Please click image to open PDF file for download to your computer)

(Please click image to open PDF file for download to your computer)

Huw and Sarah Evans are opening their St Peter Port landscaped home garden between 2 pm and 5 pm on 11 August 2013 in aid of the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association.

Their home, La Bigoterie, is on Berthelot Street, St Peter Port with access from Clifton. Parking is available close by on Clifton or at the Odeon car park.

The view from their garden overlooking St Peter Port and the Little Russel is spectacular. Continue reading

Wasting water and energy second nature in most British households

July 4th, 2013 by Energy Saving Trust

(please click on report cover to go to the Energy Saving Trust website)

(please click on report cover to go to the Energy Saving Trust website)

Based on a study of 86,000 British households, the shower represents the biggest single use of water in the average British home.

The study published in the report “At Home with Water” was commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, in partnership with DEFRA, Procter and Gamble, Thames Water, Consumer Council for Water and SaveWaterSaveMoney.

Twenty-five percent of water use in the average home in the study went through the shower, followed by 22% going through the toilet.

The study shows that the average time a person spends in the shower is 7 1/2 minutes, with one in eight people having showers lasting over ten minutes. The study calculates that reducing the length of each shower by one minute would save British household £215 million in energy bills per year. Continue reading

Guernsey’s food waste highlighted by the Public Services Department

June 25th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

A gull ripped household waste black bag exposes a bag of lettuce on Hauteville, St Peter Port on 19 April 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A black bag of household waste ripped open by a herring gull on Hauteville in St Peter Port on 19 April 2013 reveals a bag of lettuce (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department is highlighting just how much food is currently going in the bin to help encourage islanders to reduce this waste.

The States of Guernsey department unveiled its latest campaign outside the Town Market, in St Peter Port where it has installed stacks of tyres and a pile of old bin sacks to offer a visual reminder of how much food is currently wasted.

Last year, an estimated 4,500 tonnes was thrown away by Guernsey households.

That is equivalent to around 165 kg per home in Guernsey – or the weight of around 15 tyres.

It also accounts for more than a third of what goes into local bins.

Based on an average of two black sacks a week, that would equate to around 30 bags a year for each household. Continue reading

La Societe Guernesiaise presents a talk on ‘Simply Bees’ by Brigit Strawbridge on 9 July 2013

June 19th, 2013 by Events

Brigit Strawbridge (image courtesy of Brigit Strawbridge)

Brigit Strawbridge (image courtesy of Brigit Strawbridge)

Brigit Strawbridge of the TV Series ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green‘ is visiting Guernsey to give a talk about ‘Simply Bees’.

Her talk begins at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9 July 2013 at the Frossard theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port.

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A male solitary bee, Andrena-nitida, on a dandelion flower (click image to expand – image courtesy of Brigit Strawbridge)

Brigit Strawbridge will discuss the difference between Continue reading