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Guernsey to run out of landfill space by 2015

The State of Guernsey is quickly running out of landfill space and is looking to invest in alternative waste technology to solve the problem.

Guernsey has a population of about 60,000 residents and is approximately 24 square miles. Recycling officer Keith Russell said: Guernsey is a small island and it used to fill up its old granite quarries with waste in the past. Now we are down to filling up our last one Mont Cuet. This opened in 1998.

Recycling rates have started to increase in the last ten years and are going up steadily but we predict that we will run out of landfill space by 2015.

We are looking to build alternative technology like energy from waste plants or similar proven technology to tackle the issue. Jersey faces similar problems like us. Within the tendering process all options are being considered.

In 2007 the Mont Cuet landfill site took in 42,721 tonnes of rubbish compared to 2006 where it took 49,477. Guernseys recycling rate stands at 32% and it has to reach 50% by 2010.


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