The cost of the current weekly system of refuse collection allowing up to two bags per household is made up of two elements:
1 The collection which is undertaken at a fixed price by a Parish contracted collector
2 The cost of disposal at Mont Cuet landfill site, by the Public Services Department,
on tonnage basis.
The total charges are recouped by the Parish on a calculated charge on TRP.
The Parish is obliged by law (Parochial Taxation(Amendment) Law, 2008) to recover these costs via a charge on TRP.
At present there is no means of recovering refuse costs by alternative methods such as charges per capita or a charge on volume or weight collected. However, the States of Guernsey are in the process of developing an island-wide strategy which may result in changes to the current charging system.
As a Parish, Castel Douzaine actively encourages waste reduction, re-use and recycling.
However, it should be understood that recycling programmes in Guernsey also incur costs. Indeed, the cost charges that the parish incurs in the disposal of waste includes a portion to subsidise waste recycling activities.