Guernsey recycling site covered area 'allows more reuse'

A covered area has been installed at Guernsey's recycling site to protect items dropped off for reuse.

The temporary site, which opened in 2008, at Longue Hougue was upgraded in June, but items remained in the open.

Last year more than 10,000 items, including furniture, bicycles and flower pots, were taken away for reuse.

Tina Norman-Ross, States recycling officer, said it was another step towards a permanent site as part of the island's waste strategy.

The States has set a 70% recycling target for 2025.

'More permanent'

Mrs Norman-Ross said: "We want good quality items to find a new home, but having them left out in all weathers was not ideal.

"That is something we have wanted to address, and as part of the new waste strategy we will be looking to develop a more permanent reuse and repair centre.

"The covered area now provides storage for items such as wooden furniture and doors, and electrical items. Hopefully it will mean more goods being reused."

She said of the site: "It's phenomenally successful and we keep trying to make improvements all the time.

"We're reviewing the site all the time - it's an ongoing project."

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