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Jersey waste charge gets legal clearance

Jersey’s infrastructure department has been given legal clearance to charge residents for disposal following a ruling in the island’s Royal Court.

The proposed scheme, which is expected to bring in £10m a year, was challenged by the Parish of St Helier, which argued that a 1952 covenant guaranteed free waste disposal for residents at the Bellozanne site.

The court has now ruled the restrictions are spent and extinguished.

Infrastructure minister Eddie Noel said “I am pleased that the Bellozanne covenants issue has at last been resolved. There has been a cloud of uncertainty over the covenants’ implications on waste operations for a number of years. This resolution gives us a clearer way forward.”

Jersey has a zero landfill policy. Material that is not recycled is incinerated at an energy-from-waste plant, while recyclable waste is baled and shipped from the island to France or England for processing.

The new charges for waste disposal were announced as part of the government’s medium-term financial plan, which looks to generate £145m from cost-cutting measures and new taxes.

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