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With the festive season rapidly approaching the Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with Amey, are informing residents of the changes to the household recycling and waste collections on Christmas Week (Monday 26th to Saturday 31st December 2016).

If your collection day is normally:

  • Monday it will be collected on Tuesday 27th December
  • Tuesday it will be collected on Wednesday 28th December
  • Wednesday it will be collected on Thursday 29th December
  • Thursday it will be collected on Friday 30th December
  • Friday it will be collected on Saturday 31st December

All recycling and waste collections will return to normal from Monday 2nd January 2017. Remember to set out your Wheeled Bins/Gull Sacks and food waste by 07:00 on the day of your collection.

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Excess polystyrene packaging will be collected from households on general waste collection days from 27th December 2016 to 6th January 2017. If you have excess polystyrene packaging just place it within a clear bag next to your black bin/black gull sack on your collection day. It must be in a clear sack so that the collection crews can easily identify it. The clear bag must only contain polystyrene or it won’t be collected.

After 6th January 2016, polystyrene is not currently recyclable and must be placed in your black bin/black gull sack or taken to Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Waste Recycling Centre and placed in the general rubbish skip.

Executive member for environment (sustainability) and local engagement, Councillor Paul Fuller, said:

“With so much happening at Christmas, it’s a good opportunity to take a breath and consider how we can maximize our recycling efforts. Get the family involved in spotting any paper and card that can be recycled – while buying or unwrapping presents or planning the Christmas meal.

“Last year 1 million tonnes of paper and card packaging was collected for recycling in the UK so we’re already doing a great job! Can we do more this year?”

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Amey’s account director for the Isle of Wight, Paul Southall, added:

“We recognise many people will have a lot of additional packaging to dispose of this time of year, which is why we’re working with the council to collect excess polystyrene in your black bin/black gull sack collection day in the two weeks after Christmas as long as it is in clear sacks.

“Many households will also have a lot more paper and cardboard to recycle than during the rest of the year, mainly from wrapping paper and packaging. You can put excess paper in clear or white sacks and leave it to the side of your green bin or blue gull proof sacks on your collection day and they will be collected. You can also bundle excess cardboard and also leave this to the side for collection.”

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