Waste Education

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What is a “Waste Composition Analysis” study?

Answer: Waste Composition Analysis is a study that provides essential information about the weight and type of each component waste material that is in any given waste stream.

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Question: Why do we carry out a composition survey?

Answer: Doing a 2-season study allows Amey & the Authority to average out results and capture the seasonal waste habits of the Island population. An in-depth analysis of the inputs from Dry Recycling, General and Food Waste from residents enables the Authority and Amey to see waste arisings trends; (for example a decline in plastics perhaps). We utilise this data to formulate future communication campaigns, review commercial pricing on services and optimise the performance of the facilities at Forest Park.

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Question: Why is the composition survey being done this year?

Answer: It is a contractual requirement to do the 2 season study on every 5th contract year with Amey from Service commencement. Results are issued on the completion of the 2nd season study.

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Question: How are the samples / Streets selected and collected?

Answer: A 2 week schedule per season is drafted with primary and secondary streets, that are representative of each demographic group of population on the Island. 2 teams are sent ahead, in vehicles different to the normal collection crews, to collect and record the waste.

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Question: How do you ensure residents anonymity?

Answer: Bulk bags will be used, with labels identifying such as “sample 1, type of waste, street” – so house numbers / names are not linked back to the waste

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Question: Will this affect normal waste collections?

Answer: Amey and the Authority are not asking the selected areas / streets to present any differently from a normal collection day. All waste must be presented as normal and no later than 7am on day of collection. The study teams will be ahead of the Amey crews to collect the waste, which may mean an earlier collection than residents are used to.

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Question: My waste has not been collected, but I received a letter about the study?

Answer: Your street was selected to collect a representative sample. All properties within your road will have received the letter, but only a select few properties within the street would have been collected for the study, with the rest collected by the normal crews.

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Question: Where is the waste being sorted at?

Answer: All waste will be returned in the vans to Forest Park facility, to be tipped and sorted into the predetermined categories for the study.

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Question: What happens with the rubbish at the end of the studies?

Answer: Once sampling of the waste has been conducted, the waste will be disposed of on a daily basis using the on site facilities of the Mechanical Treatment plant at Forest Park.

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Question: Will the results be published?

Answer: As per the contract Amey are required to produce a report to the Authority on the findings. This report will be open to scrutiny

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Question: Why do residents have to recycle?

Answer: The more that Isle of Wight residents recycle, the less taxpayers pay in landfill taxes, therefore providing more funds to pay for important services at a time the Isle of Wight Council faces ongoing austerity measures due to government cuts.
A target of diverting 90% of the entire Island’s waste from landfill by 2020 is ambitious but we want to exceed this target. Amey are near completion on the new state of the art waste treatment MT & ERF facilities which is to be the centre for treating all of the Isle of Wight’s waste. This facility will significantly help the Isle of Wight achieve a target of 55% of waste recycled by 2020. It will also generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 6,000 homes.


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