Holiday Lets and Self-Catering Accommodation
By law, holiday lets and self-catering accommodation need to pay for a commercial waste collection service. As the property owner, you have a duty of care to ensure waste is correctly stored and legally disposed of at your property.
Under the Environmental Protection Act (1990), all businesses (including those operating from home), have a legal responsibility to safely contain and dispose of any waste produced as a result of their business. This legal responsibility extends to holiday let properties which are classified as commercial waste producers under the Controlled Waste Regulations (2012). The legislation states that these premises are businesses and should pay for a commercial waste service, including collection and disposal charges.
The legislation states that these premises are classed as businesses and should pay for a commercial waste service. This definition applies regardless of whether the premises are liable for business rates or council tax.
If you are operating a property as a Holiday Let or Bed and Breakfast, please complete the online form which will show you what commercial waste collection services are available to you.
All commercial waste produced is subject to duty of care this includes:
- Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
You can still split your business waste into recyclables, non-recyclables and food waste.
From 1 of January 2014 duty of care has stated that: any person who produces controlled waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure the separate collection of dry recyclable waste and any person who controls or manages a food business to take all reasonable steps to ensure the separate collection of food waste produced by the business.
The Environment Agency and the Isle of Wight Council are authorised to check if you are complying with the Duty of Care. This means an officer can come to your premises or write to you and ask to see your waste transfer notes. Failure to provide the documentation could result in enforcement action being taken.
If guests develop symptoms whilst in your accommodation, they must complete a test for COVID-19.
To book a test on the Isle of Wight go online to: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119
Please use the postcode of the accommodation.
The Isle of Wight testing centre is at: Newclose cricket ground in Newport: Newclose cricket ground, Blackwater Rd, Newport, PO30 3BE.
If your visitors develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst staying in your accommodation, please contact your registered waste carrier to make sure that they are still able to collect any waste that has been generated. If they will not collect waste produced, you may have to arrange for an alternative registered waste carrier to carry out a one-off collection.
If you cannot find an alternative registered waste carrier please contact the Isle of Wight Council’s Waste and Recycling Management team on 01983 823777.
Please Note: Any waste produced by visitors staying at your accommodation should be double bagged; the date should then be written on the double bagged waste. After 72 hours waste can then be collected. However, your registered waste carrier may impose extra precautions before collecting waste.
Household Subscription Service
The Isle of Wight Council offers the household subscription service to properties that are operating as self-catering accommodation for 139 days or less or bed and breakfasts that are using under 50% of the property for guest accommodation. The household waste and recycling subscription service is provided by the Isle of Wight Council and will entitle subscribers to use the household waste and recycling collection service.
The household waste and recycling subscription service is provided by the Isle of Wight Council and will entitle subscribers to use the household waste and recycling collection service.
This will include entitlement to
- 1x 240L green recycling bin,
- 1x140L black residual waste bin,
- 1x food caddy,
- or gull proof sacks to the same capacity.
Collections will alternate between recycling and residual weekly. Dates and further details can be found by using our Waste Collection Day application .
Apply online for the household subscription service
Annual subscriptions can be purchased online by completing our Bed and Breakfast and Self-Catering Accommodation Commercial Waste Enquiry Form
The annual subscription will run from July 4 2021 until July 3 2022 and will be charged at £520.
Alternatively you can apply by telephoning Isle of Wight Council Contact Centre.
Commercial Waste Services with the Isle of Wight Council in partnership with Amey
The Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with Amey, offer commercial waste services to suit your premises and needs.
Should I be paying business rates
Legislation provided on GOV.UK website - self-catering and holiday let accommodation covering business rates for self-catering and holiday let accommodation in England says that if a property is available to let for 140 days or more a year, it should be rated as a self-catering property and valued for business rates.
Please contact Revenue Services about the type of rates you should be paying by using the online send a message to Revenue Services form.