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Islanders to see recycling made easy

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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Making recycling easy is the theme of this year's Recycling Awareness Week, which runs from the 18-24 June.

Public Services is 'going social' with tips and tricks for making recycling quicker and simpler for islanders. It will be using online videos to highlight how households can speed up their recycling routines and also using a road show to meet islanders at Waitrose in Admiral Park and in the Market Square in town.

Recycling experts will also be present at several bring bank sites over the weekend of the 23-24 June to help islanders improve their recycling habits.

States Recycling Officer Tina Norman-Ross said:

"This year we really want to focus on making people realise that recycling doesn't have to be a massive chore. With a few simple tips and tricks you can save a lot of time and effort".

The Department would like islanders to share their tips on how to make recycling easier, and the best ones will be featured on its Recycle for Guernsey Facebook site.

"We know that people in Guernsey are fantastic at recycling, so there must be islanders out there who have advice to share about how they get their recycling done as quickly and easily as possible," said Mrs Norman-Ross.

In addition to online activity, the Department is also organising 'social' events around the island during the week.

"We'll be taking a recycling bus around to a few locations during the week. There will also be recycling experts at various bring bank sites over the weekend to answer islanders' questions on waste minimisation and recycling".

Public Services Minister Deputy Paul Luxon said:

"Recycling is a key part of the island's waste strategy, so it is important that all islanders are able to recycle as much as possible. Our message is that recycling is easy, and anyone can do it".

Deputy Luxon said that although it could be less convenient for parishioners, the closure of the St Martin's bring bank site at the end of the month is not expected to have any major impact on recycling levels. 

"The introduction of island-wide kerbside collections is one of the main ingredients of the new waste strategy, and is going to be key to achieving the higher recycling targets we have set.  That will go ahead next year once all of the necessary arrangements are in place", said Deputy Luxon.

The 'recycling bus' will be at Waitrose Admiral Park between 11am and 2.30pm on Tuesday 19 June and Public Services will have a stall in Market Square on Friday 22 June between 10am and 14.30pm.

Recycling experts will be at Waitrose Rohais and Salerie Corner on Saturday 23 June between 10am and 12pm and Chouet Headland and St Martin's Garage on Sunday 24 June between 10am and 12pm.

Contact information:

For further information, contact:-

Public Services Department: Tina Norman-Ross, Recycling Officer

T: 01481 202250 M: Email: Tina.Norman-Ross@gov.gg

Or visit: www.twitter.com/#!/recycleforgsy or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recycling-for-Guernsey/54670132359

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