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Guernsey black bin bags to be collected once a fortnight

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Black bin bags in Guernsey will only be collected every other week from September.

The States of Guernsey say that food waste currently makes up 40% of black bags, and by introducing weekly food collections, fewer black bag collections will be needed.

The States also hope that fortnightly black bag collections will encourage waste reduction and recycling.

The full list of changes from 2nd September include:

  • Weekly food waste collections
  • Fortnightly black bag collections
  • Alternate weeks glass collections

Reusable containers for food waste and glass will be delivered to homes.

The current blue and clear kerbside bag collections will continue to be picked up fortnightly.

The new transfer station at Longue Houge will start operations a few weeks later.

Costs for waste disposal will also change but not until 2019.

The average charge for waste disposal and collection in 2018.

From 2019, a 'pay as you throw' system will be introduced.

Payment will be calculated per bag, using prepaid stickers. An annual fixed charge could also be charger per household.

The charges are expected to be debated by the States in April. Current options could see residents pay up to £4.50 per bag.