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Waste charges could be capped

Waste charges could be capped

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Waste charges could be capped

Wednesday 31 August 2022


Despite efforts to reverse the recent price increase for a black bag sticker failing, a fresh attempt will be made to curb further price rises amid the cost of living crisis.

Currently refuse stickers for a 90l black bag cost £2.92, while the annual waste collection tariff is £97.97.

An amendment has been lodged ahead of the early September States debate, which could see a cap set for both charges to limit any further price rises.

Deputies Gavin St Pier and Victoria Oliver have jointly asked the States to agree that household waste charges will increase annually by no more than RPIx plus 1% (capped at 5%) for the bag charges, and RPIx plus 1% (capped at £5) for the annual waste charge.

This will be debated by the States at the meeting scheduled to start on Wednesday 7 September.

It will be filed within the Government Work Plan, 2022, as the "increasing cost of living, (is one of the) most pressing and immediate domestic pressures which the States must tackle."

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Pictured: Deputy Gavin St Pier has tried unsuccessfully to halt the cost of waste charges.

The amendment acknowledges that if it is successful in capping waste charges, there may be financial implications for the funding of the waste strategy.

Responding, the States’ Trading Supervisory Board advised that for the large black bag label charge, each 1% reduction in revenue is calculated to be £14,510 and the fixed household charge, each 1% reduction in revenue is calculated to be £26,452.

Deputy St Pier previously tried to reverse the most recent price increase for black bag stickers, but this was unsuccessful.

Those prices came into force on 1 July, 2022. That was the third increase in both prices since the new 'pay as you throw' waste scheme was launched in 2019.

Initially a 90l black bag sticker cost £2.50, along with an £85 annual charge per household. In 2021, these increased to £2.70 and £90 respectively.

Pictured top: The cost of throwing rubbish away is likely to increase further over the coming years.

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