J W Rihoy & Son has been awarded the £2 million contract to build Guernsey's new Household Waste Recycling Centre at Longue Hougue, as part of the island's wider waste strategy.
The construction firm was awarded the contract following a tender process, through which a number of local companies were invited to submit designs. J W Rihoy & Son will now work to get the new facility ready to open in early 2019, with the purpose-built centre then set to replace the current temporary recycling site at Longue Hougue.
The States’ Trading Supervisory Board president, Deputy Charles Parkinson, said it will be a major improvement on the existing facility.
“The current site has always been a temporary facility, until new infrastructure at Longue Hougue could be properly developed. It has proven to be very popular, despite its considerable shortcomings, which are evident to anyone who has visited the site” he said, while discussing the skips and containers which make up the current recycling centre.
Pictured l-r: Gary Stevenson and Deputy Charles Parkinson during a previous site visit to the waste transfer facility being built at Longue Hougue
Deputy Parkinson continued; “The new Household Waste Recycling Centre will be a vast improvement, with proper access roads and hard surfacing throughout the site. It will provide drop off facilities for all the materials that we currently collect for recycling, as well as for general household waste,all in one place.”
Work is due to start at the site later this month with it being the second, major construction project currently underway at Longue Hougue.
A new transfer station is also being built, which will process waste from households and businesses prior to export for recycling or energy recovery. That facility is due to open in October this year.
Pictured: The construction of the new waste transfer facility at Longue Hougue
The HWRC will be located to the south of the transfer station and it will accept materials which are currently collected through bring banks, as well as items that can currently be dropped off at Longue Hougue. That includes scrap metal, polythene, old electrical appliances, bicycles, batteries and rigid plastic.
The new centre will also incorporate the facilities which are currently provided at Mont Cuet. The tip is due to close later this year meaning that anyone who currently uses it by paying to dispose of general rubbish there will in future be able take that waste to the HWRC instead.
Any items that are dropped off there for disposal will be charged for.
There will also be a repair and reuse element, which is intended to be operated as a social enterprise partnership. This will follow on from the existing arrangement which is in place at the current recycling site, on a trial basis, involving the local charity GO.
STSB said more than 1,000 tonnes of household waste is recycled through the current Longue Hougue facility each year, in addition to thousands of items recovered by GO for reuse.
Pictured: The recycling centre at La Collette in Jersey
Ahead of the new facilities being opened for use, States Trading Assets has applied for a temporary change to its waste license for the current facility at Longue Hougue, which will allow general waste to be dropped off there after Mont Cuet closes.
That would be until the new HWRC is available early next year.
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