Recycle for Guernsey - ‘Love your Island’
The States of Guernsey are immensely proud of the work that has been put in by its islanders to recycle. Below is a snapshot of what we're doing, what we've achieved and where we want to go.
- Major efforts are being made, working with the public, retailers, businesses and the waste industry, to encourage islanders to reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Local schoolchildren are also taught about recycling, as well as wider issues to do with waste, through education initiatives run by Public Services.
- In the second quarter of 2010, more than 48% of household waste was recycled. It is currently forecast around 11,000 tonnes will be recycled this year, compared to less than 9,000 in 2009.
- Householders can drop off garden waste for free at Chouet green waste site for composting, and for a small charge at Le Friquet Garden Centre.
- Commercial green waste is delivered to Mont Cuet, where it is mixed with domestic green waste from Chouet, shredded and composted to produce a soil conditioner. Members of the public and business' can collect this material for use on their gardens for free.
- Subsidised home composting kits are available at local garden centres at a cost of £10.00 including kitchen caddies and information leaflets.
- In 2009, more than 815 tonnes of materials were recycled at the Longue Hougue Recycling Facility, and much more diverted from landfill.
- Household items recycled through the facility last year included around 460 tonnes of scrap metal, 35 tonnes of batteries, 260 tonnes of computer and other electrical equipment, and two tonnes of electrical cabling.
- The Guernsey Recycling Advisory Forum (GRAF) was set up in 2007 to get the community more involved in recycling. The Forum comprises a number of representatives from private and voluntary bodies and includes five members of the public.
Manufacturing a product with recycled material uses less energy than making the same product from raw materials.
Recycling old products to make new ones minimises the need t use natural resources. This reduces our reliance on depleting ecosystems, such as forests, and saves natural habitats from destruction. With the depletion of the world's natural resources it is essential we conserve and reuse what we have left.
Recycling not only cuts out the energy needed to mine or harvest raw materials from wherever they naturally occur on the planet, it also reduces the energy required to ship vast quantities of these materials around the world for processing.
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