PSD to reveal cost of kerbside

PUBLIC SERVICES will reveal how much more it will cost to introduce kerbside recycling when proposals are tabled early next year.

Scott Ogier

PUBLIC SERVICES will reveal how much more it will cost to introduce kerbside recycling when proposals are tabled early next year.

But the department has insisted its kerbside scheme, together with the new waste strategy, will be more environmentally sustainable and cost-effective in the long term.

The news came as it defended its kerbside recycling plans from a backlash of criticism this week, with some douzaines expressing concern over the costs and who will be responsible for billing islanders.

Refuse collectors also voiced fears they might lose their jobs when the scheme is introduced next year.

Public Services deputy minister Scott Ogier, pictured, said: ‘We recognise cost is a concern for many islanders and that is reflected in the importance it has been given in all our work on the strategy and now kerbside.'

Comments for: "PSD to reveal cost of kerbside"

Dani

I'm used to doing my own recycling now and quite happy to keep doing it.

If other people were not that fussed either way - could it just be brought in for those that have difficulties doing it? Perhaps that would keep costs of the service down? Or would that just reduce the economies of scale and make it more expensive?

Just a thought.

Rees Bryant

If people want it, then charge them an annual fee, on top of rates.

Or, even better, carry out cost-benefit analyses to help determine the answer/s. This type of analysis is so basic, and simple, and would quite quickly show the answers/options. Which could differ for different types of waste.

Obviously the more who have it the lower the cost to each will be. But what is the cost of not collecting it? How much is re-cycled waste worth? Type by type - glass, paper, plastic etc. And what does it cost to collect? Whichever way?

Has anyone done the sums? It is not difficult, or shouldn't be. A few hours with a spreadsheet?

rosie

The point of a waste strategy based on minimising the amount of 'residual' waste (the waste that requires disposal), is that you spend more money and give more focus to the systems that help to prevent waste from becoming waste. The processes that enable us to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle will therefore need greater investment in order to minimise the quantity of waste that requires expensive disposal.

I agree with you Dani that the Bring Banks work perfectly well for me as they do for you. However it has been proven over and over again in other jurisdictions, that kerbside collection of recyclables increases levels of recycling throughout a community.

As I mentioned in the other kerbside blogg yesterday, there are now too many people in the world for us all to continue to be wasteful with resources. Recovering materials before they become waste will be the central plank of how our strategy works and the overall cost of the strategy will be dependent on how good we are at doing that. Kerbside collections will be key to that and therefore might well require increased spending to achieve the aims. But that will be offset by less money needing to be spent on the most expensive (per tonne) element which is the 'disposal'.