Household Waste and Recycling

General Waste and Food Collection

Graphic image of a general waste bag



During the covid-19 outbreak if you are self-isolating with symptoms for 7 days or with family for 14 days please follow the following advise:
Use your usual household products like detergents and bleach. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops.

  • Place cleaning product plastic bottles & nozzles in the recycling
  • Place used kitchen towel, tissues and wipes in the General Waste
  • Wash tea towels and cleaning clothes appropriately.
  • Personal waste such as tissues and disposable cleaning clothes must be placed in the general waste.

During your period of self-isolation please place waste and recycling in plastic bags, tie these and then place in a second bag and tie again. (Double Bagging)

Do not place your waste out for collection for 72 hours after it has been double bagged.

Find more information on staying at home on the government website.

If you or a member of your household receives a positive Covid-19 result you will be provided with guidance on waste by your healthcare provider. Do not place out for regular collection Please remember to set out your wheeled bins/gull-proof sacks and food waste by 7am on the correct day of your collection or they will not be collected. 

Waste services over Christmas and New Year 2019-20

Most household waste, recycling and active garden waste subscription collections are affected from Monday 23rd December for 2 weeks; please see table for changes to collections.

Between 23rd December and 3rd January you can place excess polystyrene in white or clear sacks to the side of your black bin only and we will collect this. Please do not place polystyrene in black sacks as these will not be collected.


Waste due to be collected on:

Will be collected on:

Monday 23rd December

Saturday 21st December  

Tuesday 24th December

Monday 23rd December

Wednesday 25th December

Tuesday 24th December

Thursday 26th December

Friday 27th December

Friday 27th December

Saturday 28th December

Monday 30th December


Tuesday 31st December


Wednesday 1st January

Thursday 2nd January

Thursday 2nd January

Friday 3rd January

Friday 3rd January

Saturday 4th January


 If you have an active garden waste subscription you do not need to pre-book the collection of your Christmas tree as it will be collected on your allocated garden waste collection day. Please check the table above for scheduled day changes.

If you do not subscribe to the Isle of Wight Council garden waste service, Christmas trees can be collected for a £5.00 fee; you will need to complete the booking request form here:




The Isle of Wight Council working in partnership with our waste contractors (Amey), is committed to delivering an affective recycling and rubbish collection service for households across the Island. The aim of this partnership is to reduce the waste which is sent to landfill by recycling and reusing as much as possible.

Working in partnership to provide a weekly household waste collection service, which alternates between recycling/green waste one week and black bag waste the next.  Food waste is collected weekly

Week 1 – Recycling and food waste collections - for information about recycling waste, please click here

Week 2 – General Waste and food collections 

Your General Waste Collection

Our contractor Amey have provided householders with a means of containing their general waste (black bins / black gull-proof sacks) to enable secure storage of general waste between collections.

General waste will only be collected from Amey supplied waste receptacles.  

You can check when you are due to get a rubbish collection by simply clicking here, entering your postcode and selecting your address.  You can then click 'view the calendar' where you also have the option to print.

Food waste collection

You can put the following items in your food waste caddies. All households on the Island have been provided with at least one food caddy. If possible, please place food waste in plastic bags or corn-starch bags, which can be purchased from most supermarkets:

Uncooked and cooked food. (including meat and meat products),

  • Small meat bones eg fish, chicken etc.,

  • Teabags, tea leaves, used coffee filters and coffee grinds,

  • Fruit and vegetables, skins, peelings, stones and cores,

  • Eggshells,

  • Any uneaten food.

However despite the food waste being put to good use, it is actually better if we all make simple steps to reduce the waste we create in the first place.

Did you know that, according to environmental charity Waste, Resources & Action Programme (WRAP), we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes in the UK every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. That’s a cost of £12.5bn a year. For more information from WRAP on food and waste reduction, please visit their website by clicking here.

We can all do something about this and make small changes to our habits which have a big impact on the environment.

Take a look at the 'Love Food Hate Waste' website by clicking here, which has tips on how to reduce food waste and contains some great recipes for using up leftover food. They also have some interesting information about which foods are wasted the most and how to save money on your food bills.

How to apply for a larger black bin or an additional black gull-proof sack

A black wheeled bin (140 litres) or a black gull-proof sack will be delivered to properties as part of each properties waste assessment. A larger black wheeled bin (240 litres) or an additional black gull-proof sack is available only in exceptional circumstances, terms and conditions apply to these requests.

To be eligible for either a larger black wheeled bin or a black gull-proof sack you must be:

A larger household with six or more persons living there - A 240-litre black wheeled bin or an additional gull-proof sack will be provided if there are six (6) or more persons are permanently living in the household.

  • A Household with 2 or more children in nappies - This is a temporary 12 month application and must be renewed annually. If you meet the requirements of a household with 2 or more children in nappies and require either a large black wheeled bin or black gull-proof sack, you will need to apply online.

  • Larger black wheeled bin for non-infectious clinical waste - A larger or additional bin may be provided if the household produces excess waste due to a medical condition such as sanitary waste or non-infections dressings.

  • If you have any queries regarding your request, please send an email to us by using the 'Send a message to this service' tab which can be found in the Contact tab above.

To apply online for a larger black wheeled bin or a black gull-proof sack, please click here.

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