If you have any enquiries about the new service, or recycling in general, please get in touch either by email to email@example.com or by telephone 01481 202250.
www.gov.gg/recycling - You can find a calendar for 2017 recycling weeks on the gov.gg website.
A reminder of what goes into your bags:
Small quantities of cardboard, paper, magazines, envelopes. (no paper or cardboard contaminated with food).
Milk & food cartons, tins & cans, empty aerosol containers, plastic tops & can lids, aluminium containers and foil. Plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots, packaging from food, drink, cosmetics, toiletries, cleaning products, etc. food & drink cartons. (please ensure all items are clean and food free). The cleaner the items the more value and less cost to recycle.
Do not include black plastic, thin film, carrier bags or polythene sacks.
Food waste, black plastic, thin film, crisp packets, paper/card contaminated with food, nappies, plastic bags and plastic items other than packaging.
For further details relating to the kerbside recycling service please go to www.gov.gg/kerbside
NEW kerbside recycling collections - Frequently Asked Questions
Starting from 10th March 2014, a new service will make recycling easier and more convenient - and it is free for all households to use. The frequently asked questions below provide more details of the service, but if you have any other enquiries not covered by this please get in touch with the Public Services Department either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 01481 202250.
Will all my recycling be collected?
Most materials currently collected through the bring banks will be included in the new collections service. Bags wil be provided to put your recycling out for collection, and will be picked up on alternating weeks:-
•Week A - Paper and cardboard in a clear bag
•Week B - Tins and cans; plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; foil; and drink cartons, in a blue bag
What about glass?
Unfortunately glass needs to be kept separate from other materials, so is not included in the initial kerbside collection scheme. Please continue using the bring banks to recycle your bottles and jars.
What can't go in the recycling bags?
General household waste and food waste must still be put out in black bags. Any items contaminated with food (e.g. chip papers, take-away pizza boxes) should also not be included.
When will my recycling be collected?
Your bin man will pick up either your clear bag or your blue bag on your normal bin night - or one of these nights if you currently have two bin collections a week.
All collections will be at night - simply put your recycling out on the appropriate evening, as you currently do with your black bags, and it should be gone by the morning.
Which week do I put out a blue bag or clear bag?
A calendar is included in a pack that will be sent out to every home this month. This pack will also tell you what night to put your recycling out if you currently have two collections a week.
Where should the recycling bags be put for collection?
Recycling bags should be set out in the same place as you put your black bin sacks, and should not be put inside wheelie bins or dust bins.
I don't have space for lots of bins, so how can I recycle?
The new 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 on 01481 234699.
Will it cost me to use the collection service?
No. During the initial collection scheme, which will operate until 2016, recycling bags are provided free.
What if I run out of bags?
If you require more bags, please contact Public Services on 01481 234699.
Will the bags be recycled?
Yes, provided they are clean.
Do I have to use 'official' bags?
The bags provided have been specifically chosen to suit the requirements of the sorting facility, so it is important to use these. If you use a different container or bag, your bin man may not collect it.
What if my bags aren't taken away?
Sorry, but if you put out the wrong coloured bag, or your bag has the wrong materials in it, then your bin man may not take it. This is to ensure everything we collect can be processed efficiently. If your recycling is not collected, please take it back in and either re-sort the materials ready for your next collection, or take them to a bring bank site. If you need more advice, you can call 01481 234699.
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 when you go to drop off any glass.
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.
Will I still be able to use the bring banks?
Yes, if you find it more convenient. There are currently no plans to change the main bring bank sites, although some smaller sites that are less well used will be removed.
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.
Wouldn't it be easier putting everything in one black bag and then sort it?
The quality of materials we collect for recycling is important if we want to get best value for it. It is therefore important not to mix in items that can contaminate recycling (e.g. food), or are difficult to separate (e.g. glass).
Why can't we recycle black plastic?
Unfortunately 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 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. However some supermarkets have facilities to collect carrier bags, so they can be recycled separately.
If you have any other enquiries about the new service, or recycling in general, please get in touch either by email to email@example.com or by telephone 01481 234699.