MEETING NOV. 2014
1.Recycling Speech Summary
The GPRLA Open meeting took place on 10th November. The first speaker, Deputy Scott Ogier (“DSO”) then deputy minister, now minister of Public Services, talked on the proposed recycling legislation. He emphasized that this was draft legislation, yet to be approved by the States.( This proposed legislation was approved by the States this month – December 2014)
DSO started by telling us that an expert had come over to Guernsey to advise the States of Guernsey on our rubbish disposal problem.
The expert arrived on a Friday, looked and cunducted his investigation around Guernsey and stated before he boarded a plane on the following Monday that “You need an incinerator” . This occurred in 1948! Deputy Ogier then continued with the good news. Currently, there is almost a queue of countries prepared to take and burn the island’s rubbish at a reasonable price. DSO told us that the problem with incinerators is that they can be very expensive to run, should they not be operated at full capacity. When the island nearly bought one a few years ago, it was considered that a unit of 40,000 tons per annum would be the right size. Guernsey people since that period have been so good at re-cycling that 50% of that estimated figure now would not have to be burnt. Had Guernsey gone ahead, we would now have a very expensive and inefficient plant to operate.
Deputy Ogier mentioned that Jersey now has this problem. Their incinerator is too big. Taking our rubbish would enable economies of scale and possibly led Jersey tp ultimately save money. He did not speculate on why they did not want to take up this option.
There is a proposed budget of 25 million pounds to export and re-process waste. This has to be paid for somewhere.
The consultation on how to pay for this, or more accurately how WE are going to pay for this, yielded a large majority of the population to go against any charges to be charged based on rateable value as is the status quo at present. Overwhelmingly islanders wanted the charges based on how much rubbish people consume and put out. Therefore it is proposed that a property owner will pay the Parish charge for collection (about two thirds the current cost) and that the Guernsey bags, currently blue and clear will cost about 50 pence. New, black bagssimilar to those used at present will cost £1.50 – £2.00 each which it is hoped, will cover the other costs. Mayside the current contractor will continue to sort the re-cycling.
Trials of kerbside and glass collections are taking place and it is hoped that they will be collected as well in due course. At present the blue and clear bags will each be collected fortnightly on a rotational basis. Fines will be introduced for people who mix other rubbish in the rec yclable bags, probably £40 rising to £60 if unpaid within 14 days, a warning is likely to be issued for a first offence in the early days of operating the new system.
The Minister then took questions.
He was asked about compliance. His department thinks that all but a few people will co-operate. There is legislation already in place enabling fines of up to £1,000 to be applied to fly-tippers. This was felt to be an adequate deterrent.
What will the new black bags be like?
These are expected to be the same size and design as the current blue and clear bags.
Will there be future landfill?
Most existing landfill will cease at the end of their lives. A very limited amount will continue in the future for large items. e.g. settees and mattresses.
Can anything be done for residents of lanes too narrow for standard rubbish carts?
It is unlikely that parishes will invest in smaller vehicles.
Following the talk Public Services would like to pass on this message
The Public Services would like to thank the GPRLA for the opportunity to come along to your meeting. To have a chance to meet some of the members and hear your thoughts on recycling.
We are aware that there may not be a ‘one size fits all’ solution for multi-occupancy buildings. Public Services would very much like to hear from you so that we can better understand the barriers, and how you may have got around some of the issues. We look forward to working together to make kerbside collections as easy and as convenient as possible for your tenants.
Any feedback, suggestions and ideas welcome!
Tel: 234699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The GPRLA – The Guernsey Private Residential Landlords’ Association, Continually Updating The Bailiwick Of Guernsey’s Housing Stock. Established 2006.