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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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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. 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.

  • What can be recycled and where?

    • Every household in Guernsey has a pdf icon weekly recycling collection [221kb]. Bags are available, free of charge, from most local supermarkets, in exchange for a voucher. The rolls of bags contain a voucher inside them, approximately 3 bags from the end of the roll (but if you need extra vouchers, they 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.
    • There is a household recycling centre at Longue Hougue, which accepts a range of different households materials, including items for reuse. Local charity shops will also accept items that are in good condition.
    • Garden waste can be recycled at the green waste site, near the landfill tip at Chouet. For businesses, recycling services are provided by commercial contractors.
    • You can download a full list of pdf icon What can be recycled and where? [631kb] here.
  • When is the Recycling Facility (at Longue Hougue) open?

      Summer opening hours (7 April 2018 to 2 November 2018)

      * Please note, Longue Hougue Recycling Facility will be closed on Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July due to essential works to the access road and roundabout leading to the new Waste Transfer Station *

      Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 5pm
      Closed Liberation Day

      Winter opening hours  (3 November 2018 to 5 April 2019)
      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
  • When is the Green Waste Site (at Chouet) open?

    • Summer opening hours (7 April 2018 to 2 November 2018)
      Monday - Friday: 7am to 4pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 5pm
      Closed Liberation Day
      Winter opening hours  (3 November 2018 to 5 April 2019)
      Monday - Friday: 7am to 4pm
      Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 8am to 4pm
      Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
  • When is the Mont Cuet Landfill Site (at Chouet) open?

    • Monday - Friday: 7am - 4pm
      Saturday: 7am - 10am
      Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
      (Closed Bank Holidays)
  • When is the Inert Waste Site (at Longue Hougue) open?

    • Monday - Friday: 7.30am to 4.45pm
      Saturday:  7am to 10am
      Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed
  • When are the commercial sites open?


      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.
    • 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.
  • What colour bag is being collected this week?

    • The recycling icon at the top of every page in this website will show you which colour bag to put out for collection or you can refer to the pdf icon 2018 kerbside calendar [221kb].
  • 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
  • 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.  However, please note that the rolls now in supermarkets contain a voucher inside them, approximately 3 bags from the end of the roll.  This means that once you have collected one of those rolls you won't ever have to request a voucher from us again!  Just wait until your new voucher drops out near the end of the roll, and then you'll instantly be able to pick up a new supply from one of the local supermarkets.   
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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?

    • Not yet, but a successful trial has been carried out and it is currently planned to introduce glass collections in 2018.  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.
  • What can you tell me about real nappies?

    • What are the benefits of using real nappies?
      • Kind to babies- Real nappies have come a long way since the days of terry squares. Modern real nappies come in many shapes and styles that are comfortable, secure and chemical-free.
      • Kind to pockets- Using real nappies in Guernsey saves you around £500 or more for your first child, and even more after that!
      • Kind to parents- These days, real nappies are super easy to use: most have either poppers, Velcro fastenings or Nappy Nippas (nappy pins are long gone!) and all are simple to wash and dry.
      • Kind to the environment- Every time you use a real nappy you're helping to reduce Guernsey's waste. As an island, we throw away around 9,000 disposable nappies every single day, so using real nappies makes a real difference! You'll halve your household's weekly rubbish and reduce your environmental impact, so you're doing the island and the planet a favour.
    • How many nappies will I need?
    • Around 18-24 at any one time. This will give you enough to wash full loads without running out. If you choose two-part nappies you won't need as many wraps.
    • How much do they cost?
      • You can buy enough real nappies to last your child from birth to potty training for £70 to £300, depending on the type of nappy you opt for.
      • The States of Guernsey offers £35 cashback per child towards the cost of real nappies - new or secondhand. Please download the pdf icon real nappy subsity application form [298kb] from the downloads section to apply for this subsidy.
    • Where can I buy them?
    • Boots and Waitrose stock real nappies on-island. You can also pick up some great bargains through the Guernsey Real Nappy Network's Facebook page "Guernsey Nappy Chat", NCT baby sales and even charity shops. There is also a huge selection of online retailers.
    • The Guernsey Real Nappy Network:
      • About- The Guernsey Real Nappy Network is a community group offering independent advice and practical support to any parents or carers using real nappies in the Bailiwick. They offer free demos, trial kits, home visits and ongoing support, as well as drop-in clinics, nappuccinos and a fabulous Facebook page.
      • Free trial kits- They lend out free trial kits so you can try a wide range of real nappies at home for two weeks to help you decide what's right for you and your baby. A Guernsey Real Nappy Network advisor will talk you through the different nappies and be on hand during the trial if you have any questions.


  • A list of items that are accepted at Longue Hougue


      Batteries (household)BicyclesBricks
      Bubble wrap (clear/clean)Car batteriesCDs
      Computers/monitorsConcrete BlocksCooking Oil
      DVDsElectrical appliancesElectric cables
      Fire extinguishersFlower potsFridges/freezers
      Gas cylindersHand toolsKitchen appliances
      Low energy light bulbsMetal furnitureMetal (scrap)
      Motor/engine oilNails, screws and boltsPaint
      Paving slabsPlastic garden furniturePlastic toys
      PolystyrenePolythene (clear/clean)Power tools
      Printer cartridges"Rigid" plasticsScrap Metal
      TVsVideos/Cassette tapesWooden doors
      Wooden Furniture  


We value feedback from our customers and are keen to know how we can improve our services.  If you would like to provide feedback to us, both positive and constructive, then please contact us via the details provided here.  We also conduct surveys throughout the year at key Island events and at our waste and recycling sites, offering the facility to complete these surveys online or in paper form.

Please also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (RecycleForGsy) for the latest updates and news.


What can be recycled and where? 2018 kerbside calendar Longue Hougue information leaflet Waste disposal and recycling routes for businesses Waste sites & charges 2018 Charging guidance and conditions of acceptance (Jan - Aug 2018) Charging guidance and conditions of acceptance (Sep - Dec 2018) 2016 Waste Management Report Real nappy subsidy- application form

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