24 May 2019

Garden waste scheme success

Thousands of Islanders have signed back up to the successful garden waste scheme operated by Isle of Wight Council.

Just over 7,000 households have joined up to the scheme this year meaning that the service has reached the maximum capacity for the 2019/20 subscription year.

However, existing subscribers may request a second or third subscription if the property has already signed up for the service.

Head of waste services, Natasha Dix, said: “We are extremely pleased that the garden waste service has proved so valuable popular and welcome in its first year to users, in taking the hassle out of taking it to the tip and reducing the cost of travel to residents. We aim to extend the service to more households in the future.”

If you just missed your chance to register on the scheme, you can still sign up to be contacted when there is new availability or when subscriptions open for next year (2020/21). Please email: waste.contract@iow.gov.uk  and ask to be added to the waiting list.

Natasha said: “We are continually looking at ways in which we, as a council service, can become more sustainable so this project was a key part of our plans - making sure more waste was diverted from landfill and improving composting rates. As all garden waste collected is composted locally here on the Island and contributes to our national recycling targets, I would also like to thank residents for helping us to achieve this together.”

The optional fortnightly scheme launched last year and collects garden waste from the kerbside at total cost of £60 per year, working out at just over £1 a week.

For further information, please visit: www.iwight.com/GreenGardenWaste  

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  • Just over 7,000 households have joined up to the scheme this year.
  • The service has reached the maximum capacity for the 2019/20 subscription year.
 
Isle of Wight, UK