Tuesday 14 November 2017
States Members will be asked to confirm arrangements for new household waste charges, to be implemented next year.
The system, which includes a new pay as you throw charge, has previously been agreed, but Deputies are being asked to approve some changes to the detail.
One of the main changes is to the method to be used for the pay as you throw element. Previously, it was proposed islanders would need to purchase official bags for refuse and recycling. However the plan now is to sell specially designed stickers, through local retailers, which can be applied to standard bin bags. They have a strong adhesive, so once attached they cannot be tampered with or removed.
The stickers will only be required for general refuse. Kerbside recycling bags will be provided for free.
The proposed changes will also enable islanders to drop off general waste at the new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), which will open at Longue Hougue next year. That purpose-built facility will replace the current temporary recycling site, and the civic amenity site at Mont Cuet.
Islanders can currently drop off recyclable materials at either of the current sites free of charge, but there is a charge for any general waste and non-recyclable items at Mont Cuet. A similar arrangement is proposed for the new HWRC operation.
The changes are detailed in a joint policy letter from the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure (CfE&I) and the States' Trading Supervisory Board (STSB).
CfE&I is responsible for waste policy, while STSB is responsible for the implementation of the waste strategy.
The policy letter identifies the requirement for up to £494,000 a year additional support for households in receipt of benefits, when the new charging arrangements are introduced in 2018.
As well as the pay as you throw stickers for general refuse, households will also pay annual charges to cover collection and some of the processing costs for waste and recycling. The kerbside scheme and other recycling services will be covered by these fixed charges.
The new payment mechanisms are expected to come into effect from the second half of 2018, to coincide with the introduction of new collection arrangements for recycling and refuse. That will include a new, weekly collection for food waste, and glass will be collected once a fortnight.
The current alternating arrangement for blue and clear kerbside recycling bags will be unchanged. However general refuse will move to a fortnightly collection, except for some areas of St Peter Port, which it is proposed will have a weekly pick-up.
Food waste will be processed on-island before being shipped to a specialist UK facility, where it will be used to generate electricity.