Islanders are being advised that waste, recycling and garden subscription collections are changing over the Christmas and new year period — although many households will only see one week of change to their usual waste collection day.

Between Monday 21 and Friday 25 December, all households will have their bins collected on a different day than normal.

For most people, this will simply be a day earlier. However, collections due on Monday 21 December will instead be on Saturday 19 December.

Collections then return to normal the following week other than for those homes with collections due on Friday 1 January, with waste or recycling collections that day being completed on Saturday 2 January instead.

All collections return to normal the following week from Monday 4 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will also follow the same amended timetable. If you have a garden waste subscription you can pop your real Christmas tree out alongside your garden bin for recycling.

Waste/recycling or garden waste due to be collected on:  Will be collected on: 
Monday 21 December Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) Thursday 24 December
Monday 28 December Unchanged
Tuesday 29 December Unchanged
Wednesday 30 December Unchanged
Thursday 31 December Unchanged
Friday 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day) Saturday 2 January 2021

To assist residents with their waste and recycling, households will be allowed to place excess polystyrene in a clear or white sack between Saturday 19 December and Friday 8 January on their refuse collection week only.

Excess polystyrene or other waste placed in black sacks will not be collected.

Afton Marsh Recycling Centre, Freshwater will open as usual on its normal opening days and hours. Lynnbottom Recycling Centre, near Newport will be open as normal other than on Christmas Day when it will be closed.

Bulky waste collections will run as normal other than on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when they will be unavailable.

Natasha Dix, the council’s waste and environment manager, said: “The Christmas period can mean more waste – but like the rest of the year we can still recycle most of it if we all put it in the right bins.

“You might not be sure where to put some of the seasonal things — maybe wrapping paper or bubble wrap — so check the council website for the definitive list.

“Get your waste sorted and we can maintain the Island’s position as one of the leading counties for recycling across England — even at Christmas.”

More information on waste collections can be accessed at www.iwight.com/waste