Recycling - are we doing enough?

To improve recycling across the island as individuals and also as a community.

Why the contribution is important

This is an area I feel that could be improved on our Island.

I know for our household we have a wide range of recycling oppurtunities and on our street I also know that not all households recycle.

Why? I'm not sure but perhaps if there needs to be, not neccesarily an incentive (as surely saving the planet is incentive enough) but some way that encourages people to choose to recycle. 

As the choice is where it fails - in that some people choose not to, as it is so much easier to throw rubbish in the bin. Although does it take that much longer to rinse out a tin and pop it in the aluminium collection?

Also we seem limited as an island as to what can and cant be recycled? In France they have yellow bags for recycling, black for rubbish and people take their glass to the bottle banks. They also have underground local recycling points and in some instances shared composting areas.

Obviously all countries are different, all have different options or restrictions, but are we doing enough as individuals and/or a country?


by AmeL on February 02, 2021 at 12:38PM

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  • Posted by ellhop February 03, 2021 at 22:29

    Some countries operate systems where you pay for your unrecyclable waste disposal (eg via special bin bags purchased in local shops) and recycling is free. This would probably need more infrastructure in place for recycling a wider variety of materials that we can currently though
  • Posted by Laura February 03, 2021 at 22:48


    It may reduce waste to landfill and encourage people to buy local with less packaging. Double win. I like this idea 👍
  • Posted by SDeSteCroix February 04, 2021 at 22:46

    Taking the responsibility of collecting recycling away from parishes and centralising the process will create a more efficient and harmonious approach. As a small community, we should utilise that strength to unify the tackling of the issue as opposed to our current system which has varying strategies, on a parish-by-parish basis.
  • Posted by cb February 06, 2021 at 10:12

    Agree that a centralised recycling policy and process would be beneficial.

    Would be great to see a food waste component included alongside glass, paper and cardboard etc, plus a greater variety of plastics.
  • Posted by Merton3 February 09, 2021 at 14:48

    Totally agree that Jersey needs to be doing more to encourage people to recycle. There are also some areas that do not offer recycling collection, this needs to be changed.
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