Household Waste and Recycling

Recycling and Food Collections

Graphic image of a sign for mixed recycling

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 council provides a weekly household waste collection service which alternates between recycling/green waste one week and rubbish waste the next.  Food waste is collected from households every week.

The free household waste collection service is not to be used for any form of bussiness, trade or commercial waste

Week 1Recycling and food waste collections
Week 2General waste and food waste collections - for information about general waste (black bin /black gull-proof sack) waste collection, please click here

Items that can be put in the green wheeled bin/green gull-proof sacks at the kerbside for collection are:-


Any colour glass bottle or jar including with their lids.

No window panes, glass cookware/Pyrex, glasses, broken glasses or light bulbs. These should be taken to either of the Isle of Wight recycling centres at Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh or wrapped in newspaper and placed in the non-recyclable waste (black bin / black gull-proof sack).  All low energy light bulbs should be taken to the recycling centres for recycling.


All plastic packaging with the exception of cling film including:

  • Carrier bags and other plastic bags,
  • Drinks bottles (lids removed),
  • Food trays including microwave meal trays,
  • General plastic packaging (e.g. fruit and veg bags),
  • Ice cream tubs,
  • Margarine tubs,
  • Plastic plant pots,
  • All clear, coloured and opaque plastic bottles,
  • Milk cartons and bottles,
  • Shampoo bottles,
  • Yoghurt pots,
  • Household cleaning product bottles.


  • Steel Tins,
  • Aluminium Tins.
  • Empty aerosol canisters

Mixed material cartons

  • TetraPak
  • Juice cartons
  • foil lined food catons
  • crisp tubes


All paper and cardboard should be placed in your card/paper insert or in your blue reusable sack

  • Paper
  • Catalogues,
  • Envelopes (including envelopes with windows),
  • Junk mail,
  • Magazines,
  • Brochures,
  • Newspapers,
  • Phone directories (including the Yellow Pages),
  • Printer paper,
  • Shredded paper,
  • Writing and printer paper,
  • Wrapping paper etc,
  • Cardboard,
  • Packaging,
  • Cereal boxes,
  • Corrugated cardboard,
  • Greetings cards,
  • Toilet roll / kitchen towel tubes,
  • Tissue boxes,
  • Tea bag boxes etc.
  • Coffee House takeaway cups (rinsed out with lid removed)

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.

Your recycling collection

You can check when you are due to get a recycling (green wheeled bin / green gull-proof sack) waste collection by clicking here, entering your postcode and selecting your address. You can then click 'view the calendar' where you also have the option to print.

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