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Guernsey needs solutions to waste problem

The Channel Island of Guernsey is setting out on a global search for a solution to its waste management problems.

Historically, the island has used old granite quarries to landfill its waste, but this resource is running out.

In 1998, the then government of the island opted to build an energy from waste (EfW) plant and increase recycling, composting and materials recovery.

But the new government in 2004 decided to take a step back and consider new solutions to waste management.

Guernsey environment department chief officer Steve Smith said: "We have begun a global search for expressions of interest. In 12 to 18 months time, we hope to find a preferred solution and to begin the tendering process."

Although a solution using EfW is not entirely ruled out, the island is keeping an open mind as to what the best options for its waste management problem will be.

Smith added: "It is wide open and can be part of a waste management solution, an integrated waste management plan, new technology or management. It is pretty much open to new ideas."

Guernsey hopes in the meantime to continue to increase the amount of waste segregation and recycling in order to prolong the life of its remaining landfill.

Companies or organisations interested in expressing interest in offering a solution for some or all of Guernsey's difficulties should contact the government environment department.

They will then be sent a pack asking for more detail.

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