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Delay on sewage could cost more

Mont Cuet landfill site
Mont Cuet is expected to reach full capacity by 2012

A former sewage plant worker says delaying a decision on dealing with Guernsey's liquid waste will mean it ends up costing more.

Guernsey resident David Colley, who worked as a sewage plant operator in a small Australian town, would like the issue back on the political agenda.

"Every day that goes by means it will cost us more," he said.

"We are probably the last place in the civilised world to put our sewage straight into the sea."

Guernsey States has committed to making a decision on whether or not to introduce full waste treatment in the island within three years.

Mr Colley first petitioned the States more than 12 years ago and said his experience, at a plant that covered a population of a similar size of Guernsey, made him believe the island could and should introduce sewage treatment.

"In some places they recycle it as drinking water and we could do the same here," he added.

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