Longue Hougue Recycling Facility now offers rigid plastic recycling

September 19th, 2012 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Rigid or hard plastic baled at Island Waste, Pointes Lane, St Andrew waiting for export on 8 November 2008 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department is expanding plastics recycling to include a host of everyday household items.

The Longue Hougue Recycling Facility now accepts “rigid plastic”, which includes a huge range of items from washing up bowls and buckets to garden furniture and children’s toys.

Unlike the household plastics collected at the bring banks, these do not have to have a ‘number’ to indicate the type of material.

The new facility is specifically intended for these more durable household items. However, hard plastic items that contain metal or electronic components should not be placed in the plastic skip. Public Services Department staff will advise people on what plastic can be placed in the skip.

Disposable plastic bottles and food packaging marked with a triangle containing the number 1, 2, 5 or 6 should still be dropped off at bring bank sites.

The only plastic objects that cannot now be recycled either through the bring banks or the Longue Hougue facility are heavily contaminated items, such as paint pots, and plastic ‘film’ products, such as carrier bags, coal sacks, and clear material used to seal food containers.

Such items should not be put in bring banks, as they can prevent other more valuable plastics being recycled.

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

Deputy Scott Ogier, Deputy Minister of the Public Services department, said the new facility was being introduced at Longue Hougue on a trial basis.

If successful it will provide a long term boost for recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“Rigid plastics are often bulky items, so this will have a double benefit of increasing recycling and saving significant space at Mont Cuet. It will also hopefully enable more reuse,” he said.

Staff at the Longue Hougue site will put any good quality but unwanted items aside for other islanders to collect, and anything broken or damaged will go into a recycling skip.

The material will be shredded locally and sent to a UK reprocessor where it will be washed, cut up into smaller ‘flakes’, and melted down ready for manufacture into a variety of new products.

As well as providing a boost to the island’s recycling target, the Public Services Department hopes the new initiative will reduce contamination of the plastic collected at the bring bank sites.

Tina Norman-Ross, Public Services’ recycling officer, said the Department could only provide facilities for collecting items for which there was currently a market for the recycled material. She said quality is crucial, therefore it is important to avoid contamination.

“We all want to recycle as much as possible but the market for recycled plastics is for specific types, and in particular high quality material. We see a lot of items going into the bring banks that should not be there. We often get carrier bags and coal sacks, but occasionally items such as pool covers, toilet seats and drain pipes,” she said.

‘This contamination can affect the price a processor will pay, and could even mean a whole batch being rejected by the processing plant and not recycled.”

“Obviously we want to avoid that,” she added.

For more recycling information plase visit the Public Services Department recycling website or their Facebook page.



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