Islanders are being reminded they can book their real Christmas trees for collection and recycling for up to a month after the festive period.
The service is available between 8th January and 2nd February for a fee of £5 – the new cost has been brought in to help pay for the service.
Trees can be collected kerbside in the same week as your recycling collection by booking online at www.iwight.com/waste.
You can also use Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh household waste recycling centres to dispose of both real and artificial trees for free.
Councillor Michael Murwill, Cabinet member for waste management has said:
“To ensure this much-valued service is economically viable we have had to bring in a small charge for the first time.
“Out of the 70,000 plus Island households, only a small number – around 1,400 properties – used the free tree collection last year and rather than axe the service we are asking residents for a small fee so they can still have the choice of a kerbside collection.
“However, early bird subscribers to the garden waste service will receive their Christmas tree collection for free – but will still need to book by using the online form. You can also take your tree for free to either Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh household waste and recycling centres. Alternatively, you could help the environment by choosing a tree you can replant afterwards.”
The service must be booked at least 3 working days in advance by using the online form at the ‘do it online’ section at www.iwight.com/waste or by contacting (01983) 823777.
The last bookings for the collection service must be made by 18:00 on Tuesday 30th January 2018. Bookings made after this date will not be valid.
• Maximum of 2 trees per booking
• Maximum height of trees is 7ft
• Real trees only
• Trees must be clear of decorations and pots/planters