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Glass 'too noisy' for kerbside recycling scheme

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DOUBT has been thrown over whether Guernsey's kerbside recycling scheme will include glass collections.

DOUBT has been thrown over whether Guernsey's kerbside recycling scheme will include glass collections.

Public Services has admitted it had yet to ascertain whether it was feasible to include glass in the full scheme.

This is despite statistics showing that about 2,500 tonnes a year was recycled by residents or dumped in household waste.

The department's deputy minister, Scott Ogier, pictured, said that one of the potential problems of glass collection was the noise.

'It is not feasible to include glass in co-mingled collections, as the glass becomes embedded in the other materials, which causes processing problems and health and safety issues,' he said.

'However, given that Guernsey's waste collections are carried out at night, we need to establish whether glass collections would prove too great a noise nuisance or whether other times of day might be suitable for this one stream. These are factors that can be tested through a pilot scheme.'

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