High Recycling Rates Recorded

8th April 2019

Guernsey is heading towards one of the highest household recycling rates in Europe this year. We’re looking at a prediction of more than 60% for the first quarter of 2019.

The estimate has been based from the tonnages from the first three months of the year and could be as high as 65%. This compares to 50.2% for the 12 months leading up to March 2018. This is great news as the island heads to its target of 70% by 2030.

In comparison, only Germany in Europe has ever recorded a national rate more than 60%.

States Trading Assets has released the following:

‘Tonnages for the blue and clear recycling bags in the first two months of January and February were up more than 30% compared to 2018. The amount of general refuse has also fallen significantly following the introduction of the new collection arrangements.
Since December, separately collected food waste has been pre-processed at the new transfer station at Longue Hougue, before being loaded into tankers and sent to a plant in southern England. It is used there to generate electricity and a compost material. This qualifies it for inclusion in the official rate, which records the proportion of waste ‘reused, recycled or composted’.

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