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Refuse

The collection and disposal of household refuse accounts for a large percentage of your annual parish rate. You may be interested to know that the figure applied for this item in the annual Remède is the actual cost of collection and disposal - there are no “reserves” being accumulated - so you can see what an expensive item it is!

Despite our best efforts, including circularising various areas of the parish of the requirements for the collection of refuse, and the problems associated with putting refuse out for collection, some parishioners inconsiderately insist on putting their rubbish out for collection almost on a daily basis.

The effect of this is two-fold. Firstly, bags that are left out too early for collection can get broken open by dogs, cats and particularly in the summer months, by seagulls. The refuse then spills out onto the streets causing an unsightly and very unhygienic mess – which is inevitably costly to clear.

The contractor will not take broken sacks - nor will they clear up any spillage. It is the responsibility of the householder to ensure that their refuse is offered for collection in a fit state and re-bag it, should it be necessary.

You can help by observing the following guidelines, please:

  • do NOT put refuse out earlier than the night before collection.
  • if bags become split, please clear up and re-bag.
  • leave refuse out for collection in a sanitary manner.
  • dustbins or sacks should not be heavier than one man can lift to shoulder height.
  • ensure that if dustbins are used, it is safe to handle (i.e. broken bins or handles can cut).
  • ensure that, if sacks are used, they are of sufficient strength to contain the rubbish. Plastic bin liners, carrier bags or cardboard boxes are NOT approved containers.
  • check for any changes to collections over bank holidays by going to gov.gg/mybinnight
  • cardboard must be bagged up in clear recycling bags for collection, larger items unable to be bagged up can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Longue Hougue (info on opening times can be found at gov.gg/hwrc).
  • green waste can be home composted or taken to the household green waste site at Chouet (info on opening times can be found at gov.gg/recycling).
  • when a road is closed – please try to be aware that there may be difficulties of access when roads are closed. You can help us by taking sacks to whichever end of the road is nearest your property. Please phone the office for advice should you require it.


If you have any queries, or you are unsure of the collection days for your area, please contact our office on 720014 or e-mail: constables@stpeterport.gg

We would encourage all parishioners to consider recycling of newspapers, bottles, tins, jars and cardboard whenever you can, or if it is possible for you to do so.

Finally, it is an offence to place rubbish on a public highway OTHER than on a normal collection time. Offenders are reported to the Police. A few convictions might deter others from putting out their refuse too early or from abandoning it on a public highway.

PLEASE BE AWARE AND HELP US TO TRY TO KEEP THE PARISH CLEAN AND TIDY.

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