Households on the Isle of Wight that use clear recycling sacks are being advised to look out for their next delivery of sacks which will be made to them during June or July.

The council has confirmed that an order for two million new sacks is due for delivery on the Isle of Wight in the first week of June. These will then be delivered to almost 30,000 homes over a period of six weeks. Each home that has been allocated bags will receive a six month supply of clear sacks, based on using two bags per week. The council will also be ordering additional wheelie bins and these will be delivered by the end of July.

John Metcalfe, deputy director for economy and environment said “We have been delighted with the response from the public who have embraced the new recycling collections, and it is really encouraging that so much is being recycled. For example, the amount of waste sent for recycling in March was almost double that of what was sent in January before the scheme began.

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“Although households were given a six month supply of bags, we are aware some may be running low. Any homes that do run out of sacks before their next delivery can place recyclable waste in normal, coloured bin sacks as long as they are not black or grey in colour. Green sacks may also be used but any garden waste must only be placed in the pre-paid garden waste sacks.

“The bags should be left out to be collected on the usual recyclable waste collection day. Any recyclable waste, particularly card, should ideally be flattened before placing in the sacks if possible. Food caddies can be lined with normal plastic bags such as carrier bags.

“There is no need for anyone to contact us to let us know that they have run out of sacks as everyone will automatically receive a new six month supply.”

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