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Glass recycling in St Helier

Glass recycling in St Helier

The way forward: Following a long-term trial and recent consultation, the Parish of St Helier has concluded that the best way to support parishioners to recycle glass is through the promotion and enhancement of the Parish’s bring sites for glass recycling.

Some parishioners have participated in a trial and others have expressed an interest in participating in a future kerbside household collection if it were available. However, the demand for the service is very limited and take-up within the trial was only 20%.

Several practical challenges were also identified with the introduction of a Parish-wide household collection scheme; for example, the need to store a further large bin in people’s homes, and the noise disturbance generated by the collection and emptying of bins. The collection process itself also presents some challenges, particularly around health and safety of the crew, public, pedestrians and road users, and the potential for breakages and spillages on pavements and roads.

Most importantly, the Parish was very mindful of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, and concluded that introducing a further collection service on St Helier’s roads, with the associated vehicles, noise pollution, vehicle emissions and air pollution, would add to its carbon footprint rather than reduce it.

The cost of introducing a Parish-wide scheme is approximately £120,000 per annum. When considering the matter, the Constable was particularly cognizant of the increasing cost of living in the Island, and was mindful that the introduction of a Parish-wide glass collection scheme would require additional funding through Parish Rates, thus placing a further financial burden on parishioners.

Having considered the options, it is clear that the opportunity for parishioners to easily access glass recycling facilities remains as important as ever, as is the need to reduce and minimise the Parish’s carbon footprint. The Constable has therefore decided to promote glass recycling through the use of 56 bring sites, located across the Parish, and the trial currently operating in some areas of St Helier will end this month.

Simon Crowcroft, Constable of St Helier, said: “Recycling is something that I am passionate about and St Helier has a fantastic track record of recycling. I am keen to make sure that St Helier residents continue to have easy access to facilities to help recycle as much as possible. The decision about whether to introduce kerbside glass collection required careful consideration of a wide range of issues, including the impact on the environment, health and safety, practical operational matters, and the financial impact on parishioners. On balance, I have concluded that on this occasion the impact on the environment, along with limited demand for the service, and some very real health and safety concerns, outweighed the potential benefit of introducing a kerbside collection.

The Constable continued: “Unfortunately, this means that the current trial operating in some parts of the Parish will come to an end this month. I would like to thank all those who have participated and provided feedback, both positive and negative, to the Parish Team during the trial. I have asked my Team to consider how we can improve and enhance our bring sites, and hope these will continue to be well used by all parishioners.”

Notes to Editors:

The Parish has operated a trial kerbside glass collection service for a number of years. Whilst some residents supported it, participation was low and the trial highlighted several issues, particularly around health and safety.

The trial included 1,400 households. Approximately 20% of those households in the trial area routinely participated in the scheme. On an annual basis, this equated to about 3,500 physical collections out of a possible 17,000 collections.

The Parish now operates 56 public bring sites throughout St Helier where residents can bring glass for recycling. In addition, the Parish operates a large number of local bring sites within residential developments, including Andium properties.

The Parish collects glass from these bring sites and delivers it for recycling to the glass recycling facility at La Collette, where it’s crushed and screened to produce a building material. Most of it is then used in the ongoing construction of the reclamation site as a drainage layer to control the water flow of the site.

For further information, please contact Jason Turner, CEO, on 811820 or at jason.turner@sthelier.je.

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