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Recycle week campaign

​Recycling week 2023 takes place from Monday 16 October to Sunday 22 October 2023.

This campaign aims to squash the myths associated with waste and recycling in Jersey.

For more information on what can and can not be recycled, visit the A to Z recycling finder.

Poster competition

Children aged 4 to 11 can produce a poster displaying a 'mythbusting' message about recycling. There will be prizes for selected entries. The winner will be announced on Saturday 21 October during the recycle week event in the Royal Square.

The aim of this competition is to disprove myths around recycling to teach Islanders how to recycle right. Many waste items that can be recycled end up in general waste bins and all general waste is sent to the Energy Recovery Facility for incineration.

By teaching Islanders what can and can't be recycled, we will increase recycling rates and reduce contamination, reducing the amount of waste that is incinerated

Posters can be submitted by:

  • emailing to ecoactive@gov.je
  • handing it in to your child's school reception
  • handing it in at the reception of Maritime House

Write your child's full name and school on the back of their poster.

By submitting your child's poster, you are consenting for it to be displayed in the Royal Square and also around the Island

The deadline for submissions is 11am on 18 October 2023.

Mythbusting poster


Recycle Week event

On Saturday 21 October between 11am and 2.30pm there will be an event in the Royal Square as part of recycle week. This event will celebrate the work that local businesses and community groups are doing in the circular economy space. The event will also highlight the importance of reusing materials. This is to keep them in circulation, and out of the waste stream

We will be providing seating arrangements, using furniture that has been taken from the Energy Recovery Facility. This event will highlight the alternatives to incineration, including:

  • upcycling
  • repairing
  • donating
  • reusing
  • recycling

Incineration produces carbon emissions. Preventing items being incinerated means that items remain in circulation. This reduces the demand for producing new items.

If you would like to join the event on Saturday 21 October as an exhibitor, please email ecoactive@gov.je.

Recycling facts

Jersey does not landfill any waste

The primary route for waste disposal in Jersey is incineration. The first facility was installed in St Helier in 1898. An exception is waste material from construction which is stored in specially built cells at La Collette. This includes the Islands Asbestos storage.

The Island also has some reclaimed areas, such as La Collette and St Helier Harbour. Here, inert material was used to make land.

Recycling is not burnt in the Energy Recovery Facility

All companies where recycling is sent to have been checked to ensure that they are reputable. The materials are all made into new products to feed into the supply chain. This is applicable for all recycling through Parish and Government of Jersey collections.

Only contaminated material will be diverted for Energy Recovery.

Some recycling is collected using the same vehicle that collects general refuse. These loads are not mixed.

Cleaning bottles, jars and food containers for recycling is not a waste of water and energy

Ensure food containers and bottles are clean before being put out for recycling. This is important as it prevents contamination of the collection.

Metal lids and tops should be removed from bottles and jars before being put in glass recycling. These can be included with metal recycling.

It does matter if glass goes in your general waste

Glass can damage the internal workings on the Energy Recovery Facility. This is expensive to repair.

All glass collected on the Island is separated:

  • bottles and jars are processed to produce Glass Sand. This is used on-Island, reducing the need to import or extract raw material
  • other types of glass such as windows and heat treated glass are processed on Island. These are mixed with building aggregates or shipped to the UK for recycling

Only plastic bottles can be recycled through Government and Parish collections

Only plastic bottles can be recycled through Government and Parish collections.

You cannot recycle other mixed plastics, including:

  • pots
  • trays
  • tubs
  • cling film

These materials must be put in general waste.

These materials cannot be recycled because they are made of low-grade mixed plastics. If recycled, they would need to be sent overseas. This is not a viable solution for Jersey because of the carbon emissions associated with transportation. They would also need sorting, which is labour intensive.

Plastic bottle tops can be recycled

Plastic bottle tops are now made from the same type of plastic that is used to make cleaning product bottles (HDPE). This is easy to separate when the bottles are being processed.

Recyclable materials have a monetary value

Processing companies buy recycled materials to include in the products that they make. This reduces their reliance on raw materials.

However, prices of materials are like stocks and shares. They can fluctuate, depending on demand.

Me recycling makes a difference to the bigger picture

Recycling any material is more cost effective than producing goods using raw materials:

  • aluminium cans can be recycled endlessly, without losing quality. Recycling aluminium only needs 5% of the energy that the production of new aluminium requires
  • synthetic plastics are made from crude oil, natural gas or coal. By recycling plastic bottles, we help reduce the need for these raw materials to be used.
  • around 80% of paper and cardboard that is produced in the UK is made using recycled content
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