Household Waste and Recycling

Recycling and Food Collections

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Service update -  COVID-19

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 advice:

  • 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. This is known as double bagging.

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

View the Government information on staying at home for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus .

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. 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.

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 business, 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

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 cartons
  • 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. View more information from WRAP on food and waste reduction.

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, 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 online when you are due to get a recycling (green wheeled bin / green gull-proof sack) by using our  waste collection day tool.  You will need to enter your postcode and select your address. You can then click 'view the calendar'. You will also have the option to print.

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