Guernsey's Waste Strategy encourages islanders to reduce waste, and provides services and facilities that make it easy to reuse and recycle.
Many unwanted household items that are still in good condition can be given a new lease of life by someone else. They can be donated to charity shops, or dropped off at the Longue Hougue recycling facility for other islanders to take away. Reusing these items stops them ending up as waste.
For those things we cannot reuse, or prevent in the first place, recycling is the next best option. This ensures we take maximum advantage of these materials, and has many benefits. For example, manufacturing products with recycled material requires less energy than using virgin material. It also reduces demand for finite natural resources, and the energy needed to mine or extract raw materials where they naturally occur, and transport them around the world for processing.
Recycling an aluminium can uses 5% of the energy needed to make it from raw material...
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a TV for 20 minutes...
How do I recycle?
- Every household in Guernsey has a weekly recycling collection, for which bags can be requested here. Recycling bring banks are also provided in a number of sites around the island, for glass, bulky cardboard, textiles, books and other items.
- A household recycling centre at Longue Hougue accepts a range of different households materials, including items for reuse. Local charity shops will also accept items that are in good condition.
- For businesses, recycling services are provided by commercial contractors.
Where can I get recycling bags?
- Bags are available, free of charge, from most local supermarkets, in exchange for a voucher. To request a voucher click here.
When are the recycling facilities open?
Longue Hougue Recycling Facility
Summer opening hours (1 April to 31 October) Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 5pm
Closed Liberation Day
Winter opening hours (1 November to 31 March) Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9am to 1pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
For a list of items accepted at Longue Hougue see here
Green Waste Site (Chouet)
Monday - Friday: 7am to 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 4pm
Closed Liberation Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Inert Waste Site (Longue Hougue)
Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4.45pm
Saturday: 7am to 10am
Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
Fontaine Waste Segregation Facility- commercial only
Monday - Friday: 9am to 3pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
States Works, La Hure Mare- commercial EPS only
Monday - Thursday: 7am to 4pm
Friday: 7am to 1pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
When is my kerbside recycling collected?
- Your bin man will pick up either your clear bag or your blue bag on your normal bin night. Further details of when that is can be found by referring to our page on collections.
- All collections are at night - simply put your recycling and black bags out on the appropriate evening, and it should be gone by the morning.
Which materials are collected kerbside?
- Most everyday household recyclable items are included in the kerbside collection service. Two types of bags are provided to put these out for collection, and will be picked up on alternating weeks:-
- Clear Bag - Paper and cardboard
- Blue Bag - Tins and cans; plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; foil; and milk and juice cartons
What happens after my recycling is collected?
- It is taken to a local sorting facility where the bags are opened and the contents sorted into the various different materials. These are then baled, exported, and processed ready to be used to manufacture new products.
What if my kerbside bags aren't taken away?
- We have to ensure everything we collect can be processed efficiently. So if you put out the wrong coloured bag, or it has the wrong materials in it, your bin man may not take it. If it has been left, there will be an explanatory sticker affixed to your bag. Please take your recycling back in and either re-sort the materials ready for your next collection, or take them to a bring bank site.
- If you think the bag has simply been missed, please contact your parish constables unless you live in St Peter Port, in which case call 01481 231234.
What can't go in the kerbside recycling bags?
- General household waste and food waste must still be put out in black bags or dustbins. Any items contaminated with food (e.g. chip papers, take-away pizza boxes) should also not be included with your recycling.
- I don't have space for lots of bins, so how can I recycle?
- The kerbside service should make recycling easier and more convenient, but we appreciate it is more difficult for some islanders. If you can't do everything, just recycling some items can help to make a difference. For advice on how to start, please contact us. Alternatively, the bring banks will continue to be available.
What colour bag is being collected this week?
- For details of which colour bag to put out for collection each week please click on the recycling icon at the top of this website.
What if I forget to put my recycling out?
- Either keep it until the next blue or clear bag collection, or you can sort the items and take them along to a bring bank site.
Is there a limit on how many recycling bags I can put out?
- No. You can put out as many as you need, provided materials are put out in the right bag on the correct night. Please do not overfill bags.
Is glass collected from the kerbside?
- Unfortunately glass needs to be kept separate from other materials, so was not included in the initial kerbside collection scheme. However we are currently looking at the viability of glass collections for when the full scheme is introduced. In the meantime, please continue using the bring banks to recycle your bottles and jars.
What about carrier bags and other thin plastics?
- The main issue with these often lower grade plastics is they can get caught up in the automated machines used to sort plastics, causing breakdowns. We therefore cannot accept them in the recycling collections, but some supermarkets have facilities to collect carrier bags, so they can be recycled separately.
Why can't we recycle black plastic?
- We do not currently have a market for recycling black plastic. And we are not alone - councils throughout the UK have a similar issue. It also causes problems with sorting the 'good' plastics, so processors want us to keep this out.
Batteries (household) Bicycles Bricks Bubble wrap (clear/clean) Car batteries CDs Computers/monitors Concrete Blocks Cooking Oil DVDs Electrical appliances Electric cables Fire extinguishers Flower pots Fridges/freezers Gas cylinders Hand tools Kitchen appliances Low energy light bulbs Metal furniture Metal (scrap) Motor/engine oil Nails, screws and bolts Paint Paving slabs Plastic garden furniture Plastic toys Polystyrene Polythene (clear/clean) Power tools Printer cartridges "Rigid" plastics Scrap Metal TVs Videos/Cassette tapes Wooden doors Wooden Furniture