Two more types of plastic can now be recycled at Guernsey bring banks

January 21st, 2011 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Islanders can now recycle more plastics than ever before.

A new initiative by the Public Services Department will enable islanders to drop off their type 5 and type 6 plastics in the same bring banks as their plastic bottles.

Plastic with either the numbers 1, 2, 5, and 6 inside a triangle (except Expanded Polystyrene meat and fish trays) can now be recycled at Guernsey bring banks that accept plastic (click image to expand)

Tina Norman-Ross, the States Recycling Officer, said “items such as yoghurt pots and sauce bottles and some food trays can now be recycled.”

Additional recycling bins are now available at many of the bring bank sites across the island to cope with the anticipated increased volumes.

Deputy Public Services Minister Scott Ogier said “this initiative has been made possible by working with a new facility in the UK that will handle the processing. This facility uses innovative new technology to separate out the different types of plastic automatically before they are recycled: something that previously hasn’t been possible.”

Liam Bourgaize, of Mayside Recycling, said “This new initiative is a big step forward to further increase household recycling rates, and we know Guernsey residents will warmly welcome it. We have worked closely with Public Services to develop this expansion of plastic recycling, and thank them for their support and hard work in making it a reality.”

The main issue for islanders to bear in mind will now be the condition of the plastics.

“Whilst we can now accept a much wider range of material, it is still vital that people take the time to clean their plastics before dropping them off and check they have the correct recycling symbol on it – a triangle with the number 1, 2, 5 or 6 inside it.

Plastic 5 and 6 printed or stenciled in a triangle on the plastic can now be recycled in the same Guernsey bring banks that accepted plastic before (click table to expand)

Plastics that still have food on them can contaminate whole batches of material, meaning they have to be sent to landfill,” said Mrs Norman-Ross.

“To aid efficient compaction of plastics for baling, we ask that tops be removed from drinking bottles before being put in the bring banks – they can be included, just separately.”

Public Services is now recycling four of the main types of plastic as well as clean, white Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).

“There are still a few types we can’t recycle and we would advise islanders to check the recycling symbol on their plastics; anything with a 1, 2, 5 or 6 will now be recycled at the bring banks, and clean, white Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) can be recycled at the Longue Hougue and Chouet,” said Mrs Norman Ross.

To help islanders adjust to the new guidance, members of the Guernsey Recycling Advisory Forum (GRAF) will be present at bring bank sites over the weekend (on Saturday 22nd at Chouet and St Martins and on Sunday 23rd at Salerie and Safeways) between 10am and 12pm providing advice and guidance on recycling plastic.

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