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Waste management statistics

​Recycling statistics

In 2020:

  • the Jersey recycling rate was 27%
  • 27,926 tonnes of non-inert material was recycled (for example: garden waste, paper and electrical goods)

 Total non-inert waste received and percentage recycled

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment, download the chart data

In 2020:
  • management of the covid-19 pandemic resulted in the temporary closure of the household recycling facilities, suspension of two Parish household recycling collections, and the stockpiling of various recyclables due to export restrictions
  • the recycling rate was 27%, down from 29% in 2019, with notable decreases in the tonnage of plastic, paper and card, textiles, and glass being recycled
  • there was little change in the amount of non-recyclable waste generated by the Island; there was a small decrease of 425 tonnes or 0.4%
  • notable increases were recorded in the tonnage of plasterboard, green waste, packaging wood, and packaging metal being recycled

 Materials recycled by tonnage

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment, download the chart data

The tables below provides more detail to explain the specific materials that are collected separately for recycling in Jersey.

Waste recycled (including composting), 2015 to 2020 in tonnes

 Type of waste 2015​2016​2017
Paper and card
Packaging wood 10411,017​1,005​
Metal packaging9291​97​100​106​139​
Plastic (supermarket film, agricultural crop cover and plastic bottles)1,2111,942​744​511​
Green waste received13,05612,838​13,255​11,310​9,916​9,997​
Household metals1,0761,201​1,259​1,2951,163​1,094​
Electrical and electronic equipment1,1821,036​1,151​1,129​1,068​877​
​Gas cylinders9​7​0​
​Acorn re-use centre (various) - La Collette

Total recycling 32,637 33,943​ 33,578​ 30,731
29,626 27,926

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment

Packaging wood ​includes an estimated tonnage of packaging timber collected by the private sector for re-use and recycling.

Electronical and electronic equipment includes light bulbs exported for specialist recycling.

Non-recyclable waste, 2015 to 2020 in tonnes

​ Type of waste
Parish deliveries to energy from waste plant (EFW)
Miscellaneous deliveries to EFW10,2147,817​7,455​6,751​5,771​6,555​
Bulky waste deliveries for shredding25,46327,204​28,115​27,310​28,387​28,975​
Dried sewage sludge to EFW145453​508​519​1,080​2,595​
Grit and rags from sewage treatment works to EFW728735​366​432​
Total residual75,21175,790​74,692​73,192​73,171​74,446​
Total non-inert waste (recycling and residual)107,848109,733​108,270​103,923​102,797​102,372​

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment

Other waste processed or recycled 2015 to 2020 in tonnes

​ Type of waste​20152016​2017​
Scrap metal recycled8,57611,082​
Aggregates recycled75,16669,199​73,051​73,83783,90977,194
Metals extracted from bottom ash825516​390​1,1761,391Not recorded
Sewage processed (million cubic metres)10.310.2​9.7​10.310.311.7
% of sewage receiving full treatment98.8%98.8​%98.3%​97.5%96.9%94.5%

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment

Kerbside recycling

In 2019, the following parishes offered a collection service for household recycling (paper and cardboard, metal packaging and plastic bottles):

  • St. Brelade
  • St. Helier
  • St. John
  • St. Lawrence 
  • St. Mary
  • St. Peter
  • St. Saviour
  • Trinity

All parishes except St. Helier also continued to provide household glass collections. St. Helier, which holds approximately a third of the island’s households, continued to collect household glass using a bring bank system.

Bring banks

In 2019, the bring bank recycling network contained 19 sites to collect:

  • household paper
  • metal packaging
  • plastic bottles
  • batteries

Cardboard recycling is also available on the larger sites to make it easier for Islanders to recycle household boxes and card packaging. 

Recycling processes

Recycling process by material

Material Destination Outcome
Paper and card
Exported to UK recyclers
Processed to create recycled paper and card products
Packaging woodProcessed locally
Reused, animal bedding and kindling wood
Metal packagingExported to UK or European recyclersMelted down into raw metals and used to create recycled metal products, for example food and drink cans
TextilesRe-used locally or exported by local charityRe-used or recycled into fabric by textile mills
Plastic bottles
Exported to a UK recycler
Processed to create recycled plastic products
​Gas cylinders
Exported to a UK recycler​​Components are separated and recycled
Processed locallyUsed as a basic construction aggregate
Green waste
Processed locallyAgricultural compost or soil improver for household use
Electrical and electronic equipment​Exported to a UK recyclerComponents are separated and recycled into metal and plastic products
BatteriesExported to a UK recyclerRecycled into metal products including new batteries
Lamps (light bulbs and tubes)Exported to a European recyclerComponents are separated and recycled
PlasterboardProcessed locally and exported to a UK recycler
Combined with green waste and composted to create an agricultural compost or exported to a specialist recycler for processing

Waste incidents

Waste incidents can include fly-tipping, burning and improper disposal of construction materials. They can also include any issues arising from waste activities or at sites involving waste. Incidents are reported to Environmental Protection through a pollution hotline, by email or using the Love Jersey App and website. 

In 2021, a total of 173 waste incidents were reported. Fly-tipping accounted for 90% of all waste incidents (156 incidents).

There were 127 incidents where it was possible to investigate further. Of these, 110 were fly-tipping incidents. Further investigation includes any action taken beyond an initial site assessment in order to identify a suspect.

Comparing 2021 with 2020 shows that:

  • total reported incidents increased by 10%
  • total reported fly-tipping incidents increased by 17% 
  • proportion of incidents investigated increased to 73% up from 61%

Total number of reported waste incidents from 2017 to 2021

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment, download the chart data

Environmental Protection believe that the number of successful posecutions in 2018 highlighted fly-tipping as antisocial behaviour. The increased public awareness led to significantly more fly-tipping incidents being recorded.

Total number of reported waste incidents investigated from 2008 to 2021

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment, download the chart data

The total number of investigated waste incidents increased from 95 in 2020 to 127 in 2021. This is the highest since the Love Jersey app and website was introduced in 2017. It also marks the highest proprtion of incidents investigated.

Enforcement action taken in 2021 in accordance with the Waste Management (Jersey) Law 2005

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment, download the chart data

‘No current action’ indicates the 49 reported incidents where no formal enforcement action could be taken. This is because there was no​ contravention of the Waste Management (Jersey) Law 2005, no evidence of pollution, or an offender could not be identified. 


Fly-tipping incidents form a large portion of waste incident reports. These reports take many hours of investigation to resolve.

Fly-tipping is an offense under the Waste Management (Jersey) Law 2005. It is also an offence under the policing of roads, parks and beaches regulations.

Annual fly-tipping incidents from 2017 to 2021

Source: Government of Jersey Department for Growth, Housing and Environment, download the chart data

In 2021:

  • fly-tipping made up 90% of total waste incidents, up from 85% in 2020. 
  • fly-tipping made up 87% of total investigated waste incidents 
  • suspects were identified in 15% of total fly-tipping incidents
  • suspects were identified in 22% of investigated fly-tipping incidents 

It is worth noting that Parish of St. Helier record their own statistics related to incidents of dumped (fly-tipped) waste items. Most of these incidents involve dumped household waste such as white goods and furniture which the parish has collected. Only in some cases, where there is enough evidence, is the report passed to Environmental Protection to investigate.

Further information

You can find more information on waste management, energy from waste emissions, and recycling using the links below.


Waste management (commercial)

Solid Waste Strategy

Pollution hotline

Love Jersey

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