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!
St. Peter Port parishioners are very well catered for in comparison with some other parishes in the Island in that most areas have two collections per week. These are normally done in the early mornings before traffic builds up.
Rotas are as follows:
- Mondays & Thursdays
- Tuesdays & Fridays
- Wednesdays & Saturdays
NOTE: Full Rota listed here
There are NO collections on Bank Holidays – so PLEASE do NOT put out refuse on these days.
If you are affected by this, please be advised that a double collection will be taken the next usual collection day.
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.
- do not leave refuse out for collection of a Bank Holiday (see above).
- do not leave cardboard boxes or garden refuse out for the parish collection – please telephone the Environment Department on 717000 for details of a tip which will accept these types of refuse.
- excessive quantities cannot be taken – the Refuse Rate is budgeted as one bag twice weekly – so please do your best to comply with this. Careful packing of refuse can compact the amount in black sacks considerably.
- 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: email@example.com
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 OF AND HELP US TO TRY TO KEEP THE PARISH CLEAN AND TIDY.