The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is working on the introduction of solid and liquid waste charges for non-householders. These charges were agreed in principle as part of the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP).
DfI is making £7.5m efficiency savings across the department. The department is also taking a budget cut of £11.35m from waste services. These funds are to go to priority areas of health and education. To re-coup this loss, DfI is introducing waste charges for non-householders.
This will maintain DfI’s current funding levels and there will be no reduction in services.
DfI has developed a set of charges based around the cost of the service to non-householders.
The waste charges are the right way to raise this much needed income because:
- they are a user pays charge and therefore fair
- they incentivise waste reduction
- they are the norm in the rest of Europe
Development of fair user pays charges
DfI has developed a set of charges for non-household solid and liquid waste.
They have spoken to:
- States members
- business representatives
- other relevant stakeholders
to ensure consideration has been given to any issues or concerns they may have had.
The liquid waste charges are based on water usage. This is a fair way of charging because water coming into a business must leave as wastewater.
DfI is proposing the liquid waste charge for non-householders to be £2.27 per cubic metre plus a standing charge.
The solid waste charges are based on the amount of waste or recycling generated by each business. This would be calculated on quantity, but sometimes it may need to be estimated.
DfI is proposing the non-householder solid waste charge to be £150 per tonne. Charges for recyclables would either be market driven, at a minimal charge or possibly free for some materials.
Non householder solid and liquid waste charging information sheet one
Non householder solid and liquid waste charging information sheet two
Combatting fly-tipping information sheet
Helping to limit waste information sheet
Developing the non-householder waste charges information sheet
Reducing the amount of waste
The reduction of the amount of waste we produce in Jersey is not only good for the environment but it also has economic merit. The less waste we have, the lower the cost for treatment and disposal.
There is some reuse and recycling happening, but organisations could do a lot more.
The waste charges will provide the incentive for organisations to reduce their waste in order to reduce costs.
Waste charges are the norm in Europe
Waste charges are not new or unusual. Virtually all of Europe charges for waste disposal and has been doing so for many years. It is Jersey that is unusual.
DfI has looked at the way waste charges are working in other countries to help develop the Jersey charges.