Household Waste and Recycling

General Waste and Food Collection

Graphic image of a general waste bag

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 Isle of Wight Council working in partnership with our waste contractors (Amey), is committed to delivering a nationally leading recycling and general waste 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 - information about recycling waste

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 online when you are due to get a rubbish collection. You will need to enter your postcode and select your address.  You can then 'view the calendar', you will also have the option to print.

Items you should be place in the General Waste

Your General Waste collection is for items that are not recyclable and do not need to be taken to a recycling centre, please do not put batteries and small electrical items in your general waste.

You can put the following items in your General Waste:

  • Animal waste and litter (bagged);
  • Foil food pouches;
  • Bubble Wrap;
  • Clingfilm;
  • Cold Ash;
  • Contaminated food packaging;
  • Crisp bags and sweet wrappers (silver on the inside);
  • vacuum cleaner bags / household sweepings;
  • Wrapping paper made with glitter or from foil;
  • Nappies;
  • Sanitary/feminine hygiene wear;
  • Incontinence wear;
  • Medicinal blister packs;
  • Polystyrene;
  • Used Tissues;
  • Wet Wipes (baby, beauty and cleaning);
  • Underwear;
  • Brocken crockery and Pyrex.

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 for example fish, chicken,

  • 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.

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.

Apply online for a larger black wheeled bin or a black gull-proof sack.

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