25 November 2013
More households in Jersey are recycling, according to the Jersey Annual Social Survey (JASS) results released by the States of Jersey Statistics Unit.
The survey found that households are recycling more paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastic bottles, textiles and batteries than they were in 2006. For example, in 2006 most households (65%) did not recycle cardboard whereas in 2013 the majority (63%) did recycle at least some.
Most people thought recycling household waste was ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ convenient, however when asked what factor would encourage them to recycle more, the most popular answer was kerbside (doorstep) collections. At present kerbside recycling collections are only available to residents in St Helier, St Lawrence, Trinity, St John and St Mary.
Recycling Manager, Emma Richardson-Calladine, said "The results are extremely encouraging but there is still a lot of work to do. The survey has shown increases in the number of people that recycle their cans and batteries but these are things that shouldn’t end up in the rubbish and so there is still a lot of room for improvement. The survey has shown that any steps to make recycling easier are rewarded and we hope that the support shown for kerbside recycling leads more parishes to consider introducing their own schemes which will make recycling a part of everyday life for their parishioners.’’