We'll be paying an annual standing fee and a "bag tax" to throw away our rubbish in future after the States of Guernsey approved the charges for the island's new waste strategy.
Under the new system, the charges approved during this week's States meeting include:
Deputy Jan Kuttlewascher was among the deputies disappointed with the decision. He told Express "I think they'll be hopping mad" when we asked what he thinks the public reaction will be.
He added that while the capital funding for the new scheme will come from the island's Capital Reserve meaning there'll be no interest payable against the cost of setting up the new waste strategy, which means the charges levied at the consumer have been minimised, he would have preferred the whole funding process had been covered out of Capital Revenue to make it fairer to everyone:
"As I said in my very short very short speech, these are the charges for now, because future charges will depend on how many black bags are put out because that's a source of revenue.
"My view now, because we are where we've got to, is that I would have preferred that the whole thing, the revenue side of it would have been charged from general revenue and taxation, so there would have been no charges for the bag, and indeed no fixed charges. That I think would have been the fairest option, but that wasn't on the table."
Pictured: Deputy Jan Kuttlewascher
Deputy Barry Brehaut, the President of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure acknowledged that some people will be unhappy with the new charging mechanisms being introduced but he said we should have less waste to throw away under the new system with increased recycling:
"Recycling is part of the waste stream. So many of the recycles are out now. If you strip out on top of that our food waste you've not got a great deal to throw out.
"Now, if we walk into a supermarket, we pick up a roll of bin bags, we don't consciously think of the price of those I don't think, and then if we fill as many as we like, and in St Peter Port some people put out four bags a week, we don't think consciously about the cost to the community or ourselves.
"Once you consolidate that cost into a ticket and a standing charge then it focuses the mind on exactly the processes you're involved with."
Pictured: Deputy Barry Brehaut
That ticket charge and standing charge will be on top of Parish rates but we will be given time for the new system to bed in before the charging mechanism is changed. Deputy Brehaut said staff will be taking a soft approach initially to encourage people to accept the new collection methods. He is also not too concerned about increased incidents of fly-tipping:
"If you remember the recycling initiative, people would put the wrong things in the bags and put them out on the wrong evening and it would have a sticker on it telling them that so that will need to be monitored.
"I think the thing we've probably over-egged is the management of fly-tipping or rather some members have, because we know there is a huge amount of fly-tipping now, but we don't see it as it's invisible, it's in black bags, we don't think about it. I don't think we should talk up the potential for fly-tipping because it almost encourages it for some reason. We know that States Works will monitor that and there will be a fixed penalty ticket regime for those who are found to be fly-tipping."