Guernsey Waste has urged islanders "not to make a special trip" to dispose of products containing weedkiller glyphosate.
Households will be able to dispose of products free of charge at the Household Waste & Recycling Centre when a ban on non-professional use comes into force. However, people are asked to "bring it along when they have other items to drop off" between now and the end of the year.
Guernsey Waste made the plea following the announcement by the Health & Safety Executive that products containing glyphosate will be restricted to certified professionals only from next year. Retailers will no longer be able to sell these products to the public from the end of October.
Pictured: The retail sale of products containing glyphosate will be banned from the end of October.
Operations Manager, Sarah Robinson commented: “Given the attention that the forthcoming ban has received, islanders are probably wondering how to safely dispose of any glyphosate products they currently have. The good news is that we will accept weedkillers and pesticides at the Household Waste & Recycling Centre, free of charge. They can then be disposed of appropriately.
“However, we have limited storage capacity, so we want to avoid being inundated suddenly. For that reason, we would ask islanders not to make a special trip to drop off these products. We would much rather they bring them along when they are dropping off other waste or recycling between now and the end of the year. That will help us manage the disposal, but also prevent unnecessary car journeys which could cause delays in accessing the site.”
Pictured: Once the ban comes into effect, islanders won't be able to use glyphosate products.
Opening hours of the Household Waste & Recycling Centre can be found HERE
Anyone with a large quantity of glyphosate products or chemicals in an unlabelled container should contact the Hazardous Waste Technical Officer at email@example.com or on 01481 226263 to arrange collection.
Businesses with glyphosate or other chemicals to dispose of should also contact the Hazardous Waste Technical Officer.
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