Guernsey waste bag charges part of rising rubbish fees

Mont Cuet landfill
Image caption The island's waste is due to be exported rather than dumped in landfill, which is due to fill up by 2022

Charges for bags used for rubbish and recycling are being proposed as part of a new waste charging system being introduced from 2016.

Currently, islanders pay for waste and recycling collections annually based on the size of their property. The average is about £2 a week.

Charges under a waste strategy aimed at increasing recycling and exporting waste are expected to double that.

The change in charges aims to encourage recycling and reduce waste.

All households are expected to continue to pay a fixed annual charge under the plans, which are open to consultation until 8 August.

Image caption The new charging system aims to cover all the costs involved in dealing with the island's waste

Public Services Minister Paul Luxon said: "In future there will be a link between how much we produce, and what we pay to deal with it, so we will all have greater control over how much it costs us.

"However, there will be an increase for many islanders because we are introducing better services and facilities.

"Inevitably this will cost more, but what most of us pay will still be low compared to other household costs."

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