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Managing household waste

Recycling and civic amenity sites are now open.

Any legal restrictions around social distancing in our community have now been removed however it’s important to remain vigilant of the potential return of the virus and we recommend that basic hygiene measures are still kept including: frequently washing hands, sneezing into a tissue, coughing into your elbow and regularly disinfecting shared areas.

General guidance

  • Cartons and plastic bottles - remove lid, squeeze air out and replace lid or dispose of at civic amenity sites
  • Cardboard boxes should be fully flattened  
  • Cans should be cleaned and recycled at one of the Island's Bring Bank sites 
  • Glass bottles and jars, wherever possible, should be cleaned and recycled at one of the Island's civic amenity sites
  • Reduce perishable food waste by only buying what you need  
  • If possible, compost garden waste. Otherwise, take it to a civic amenity site. Please try to avoid disposing of this in your general waste bin   
  • Non-conforming waste such as batteries, builders’ rubble, fluorescent tubes and lamps, and electrical items should not be placed in wheelie bins at any time. Please take these to civic amenity sites

When bins are put out for collection, please disinfect the handles. After taking your bin back in, disinfect the handle again and wash your hands thoroughly.   

Bonfires are discouraged as they have the potential to be dangerous and cause a nuisance to neighbours, particularly while most homes will be occupied most of the time.     

Personal waste

For those who are self-isolating, personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in wheelie bin.  

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. 

See also:Guidance for cleaning in a non-clinical setting