Isle of Wight recycling, waste and garden subscription collections are changing for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.

All waste, recycling and garden waste collections for the Christmas week beginning Boxing Day (Tuesday, December 26) will run one day later than usual, apart from Monday collections on Christmas Day – which will be collected on Saturday, December 23.

New Year’s week will see collections run one day later than usual.

The usual collection on Monday, December 25 will instead be collected on Saturday, December 23, along with the following:

Isle of Wight County Press: Collections will return to normal from Monday 8 January 2024.   

In addition, no bulky waste or free reuse collections will be made on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Polystyrene collection 

Collections of excess polystyrene from households will be collected on general (black bin) waste collection days from Monday, December 19 until Friday, January 12.

If you have extra polystyrene packaging that won’t fit in your black bin or sack, just place it within a clear or white plastic bag next to your black bin/black gull sack on your collection day. 

It must be in a clear or white sack so collection crews can easily identify it. The clear bag must only hold polystyrene, or it won’t be collected. Any excess general waste or black sacks left to the side of your bin or gull sack will not be collected.

After January 12, remember, as polystyrene is not currently recyclable, it must be placed in your black bin/black reusable sack or taken to Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Waste Recycling Centre and placed in the general rubbish skip. 

Cardboard waste 

If you have lots of cardboard waste, bundle it up and place it separately to the side of your recycling bin/sack on your recycling week collection. 


Batteries must always be removed from electrical items before being collected. 

Place your spent household batteries safely and separately in their own clear sandwich-sized bag. 

Leave the clear bag holding the batteries on top (not inside) of your general waste (black bin/black reusable sack) on your general waste collection week.

Batteries thrown into ordinary bins/sacks, household waste or other recycling are dangerous. 

Large batteries such as laptop/phone/power tool batteries and car batteries or items where the batteries cannot be removed should be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. 

Real Christmas tree collection 

If you have an active Garden Waste Subscription, you can also dispose of real Christmas trees as part of the service. The tree should be clear of all decorations and pots and can be left to the side of your garden bin on your collection day between Monday, January 1 and Friday, January 12.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day. Other than this, normal opening hours apply.  

Book your visit in advance or choose a same-day booking by visiting the Isle of Wight Council’s website or by calling 01983 823777.