Household Waste and Recycling

General Waste and Food Collection

Graphic image of a general waste bag

The Isle of Wight Council working in partnership with our waste contractors (Amey), is committed to delivering an affective recycling and rubbish 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 - for information about recycling waste, please click here

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 when you are due to get a rubbish collection by simply clicking here, entering your postcode and selecting your address.  You can then click 'view the calendar' where you also have the option to print.

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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