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Guernsey shelves 'pay to throw'

Guernsey has shelved its planned ’pay to throw’ scheme because of delays in choosing a waste transfer station provider.

The States of Guernsey government had intended to launch the scheme in 2016 but will now delay this until 2017 or even later.

It is procuring a new waste transfer station at Longue Hougue (pictured) but does not yet know whether its operations include food waste.

In turn, this affects whether Guernsey’s 10 parishes collect food waste for recycling or not and the vehicles that contractors would need, neither of which can be resolved ahead of a decision on the nature of the transfer station.

Guernsey is separately procuring a provider to take unrecyclable waste off the island for processing into refuse-derived fuel (RDF).

One bidder for that is the government of nearby Jersey, which operates its own service. Three private companies, as yet unnamed, are also in contention and proposals are due to be submitted by the end of November.

The waste transfer station is expected to produce up to 23,000 tonnes of RDF a year for export, starting in early 2018. 

Public services minister Scott Ogier said: “We are only a few months away from confirming the final collection specification. However, the parishes and their contractors need certainty regarding the requirements for 2016 so they can start to finalise their costs and refuse rates. Which materials are collected separately, and in what combinations, is key to that. 

“Once we have that confirmed, contractors will need some time to plan and potentially acquire new vehicles, and parishes will have to negotiate and award new contracts.

“It was therefore considered premature to try to introduce the new collections and charges in 2016.  We will instead make a decision early next year as to when to make the changeover.”

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