Waste amendment set to reduce annual bills

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HOUSEHOLD waste bills expected under the new export strategy could be slashed after the States opened the door to a different way of paying for it yesterday.

Deputy Peter Roffey. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 20022719)

A successful amendment led by Peter Roffey has triggered an investigation into how to cover the multi-million pound infrastructure that is being built.

It had been intended that waste bills would cover this cost by paying back borrowing, but all or part of that money could now come instead from reserves built up already by the States.

The voting and a further amendment by Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez means that a charge for putting out each black sack and the possibility of a fixed States charge remain, but this would only have to cover the costs of running the waste operation at Longue Hougue.

A range of options will have to come back now on how those two charges will be split, including setting that fixed fee at zero.

A separate parish waste flat charge, to pay for the collection of rubbish, remains unaffected by yesterday’s voting.

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