The Isle of Wight's waste and recycling centres have reopened for black sack rubbish.

During lockdown, when they were closed, kerbside crews collected nearly 12 per cent more black bin bags.

Scroll down to take part in our competition...

Now, the centres at Downend and Freshwater will accept black sack waste, after three months of restrictions on what could be handed over.

A booking system remains in place at the Afton Marsh and Lynnbottom household waste recycling centres, which restricts Islanders to one visit every fortnight.

The number of parking bays have been halved, to allow for social distancing.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Meanwhile, lockdown also prompted a 27 per cent surge in recycling and composting waste collected by kerbside crews.

Maybe you found yourself with increased amounts of garden waste, as the annual rush outdoors combined with home confinement?

In a bid to clear-up litter once and for all, the County Press and the Isle of Wight Council are joining forces.


We are giving away a subscription to County Hall's green waste scheme - worth £72 - until March 2022.

For the winner, that will mean a big bin of grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and other garden waste collected fortnightly and turned into compost.

How to take part...

We want your Beauty and the Beast photographs - images of eyesore litter blighting our Island countryside.

If you spot any while you are out and about this weekend, photograph it, get rid of it, and then send your photo to, by midnight on Sunday (September 20).

Write Beauty and the Beast competition in the subject line.

(Normal County Press competition rules apply and the judges' decision is final.)

Read more: Clean-up campaign! Will your Beauty and the Beast photo win a Green Waste subscription?