Council clarify process for recycling collection in narrow streets

Following some confusion over the matter, the Isle of Wight council clarify what happens to recyclables collected from properties on narrow streets, which have different trucks to wider roads.

Waste collection operator

The Isle of Wight council have issued this pres statement, after concerns were raised by residents about paper and cardboard recyclables being mixed with other recyclables. Ed

Following reports of refuse collections being incorrectly mixed, Isle of Wight Council would like to point out the following.

This year the Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with Amey, introduced a fleet of seven new recycling collection vehicles which feature split rear compartments to separately collect paper/card from other mixed recycling.

These vehicles service on average 8,500 properties a day across the Island separately collecting paper/card from the glass/metal/plastic mix.

Smaller truck for narrower roads
Unfortunately, not all roads on the Island have sufficient width for the full sized 26 tonne recycling collection vehicles to go down. The Isle of Wight Council has always operated a smaller 12 tonne collection vehicle to access the narrower rural and urban roads.

The 12 tonne vehicle cannot however be constructed with the same number of compartments as the larger vehicles.

Although the paper/card and glass/metal/plastic get re-mixed in this vehicle, the separation at home still provides a higher quality recyclable material. This is separated again at the material recovery facility for onward reprocessing into new products.

The food waste and any textiles set out on the rural round are kept entirely separate.

Return of bins to the kerb
Amey and the Isle of Wight Council were concerned to see footage showing a member of the crew throwing receptacles back to the kerb.

This is not an acceptable practice and the crew will be reminded of the correct way to return containers to the kerbside.

Feedback welcomed
The Isle of Wight council always appreciates feedback on our services in order to provide the best value for money services for our residents.

The Isle of Wight Council and Amey are continuing to work together to review the resources for these narrow roads to see if there are ways they can be improved.

Image: © Recyling Waste World

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If the plastic and card is going to be mixed in the lorry, then why ask for residents having the smsller lorry to sort it out? It shouldn’t be too hard to identify those on the smaller lorry route. Alternatively why not collect paper and card one fortnight and the plastic and glass the next? If the material is then sorted at the “material recovery facility” why… Read more »

try reading the article before you comment, i.e. para 6. Obviously separation in the home means far less mixing in the lorry.



You too.

It doesn’t.

“separation at home still provides a higher quality recyclable material.”

How does this mean less mixing in the lorry?

I wonder how it means what it says though.


Is this contract available for public scrutiny?

@ tyke God forbid. I seem to remember not long ago that the waste industry gave the contact an award of some sort. So someone has had a look, or maybe it was an award for screwing the most possible out of a council? I also vaguely remember that the old favourite of “commercially sensitive” was trotted out as an excuse some time ago. Why not put… Read more »
‘The 12 tonne vehicle cannot however be constructed with the same number of compartments as the larger vehicles’ Yes it can its just that its more costly to construct for given capacity and more expensive to run to collect the waste. I would be interested to see the risk assessment that was carried out for streets such as New Street in Newport – when the green bags… Read more »

Colin. There shouldn’t be a need for an FOI as the council promised to make the contract publically available. Problem is the contract was signed well over a year ago….
I’m afraid the failure to honour that simple pledge is a further examples of the Indy’s risible promise of a new period of accountability, democracy and transparency.

Luisa Hillard
The contract is currently being prepared for publishing and will be made available for public viewing, minus the commercially confidential bits, of course! The Council cannot publish without the agreement of Amey, so any delay is not a deliberate failure of transparency by Independent Councillors. Rather the delay is an example of how government cuts are affecting Council services. It is an example of how we have… Read more »
Thanks Luisa. So just for clarity, the reason it has taken well over a year to redact a document so it is available to the public is: a) The IWC entered into a 25-year contract without adequate resources to manage it? Or: b) Amey, an international company and our waste partner for the next quarter of a century, does not have the resources to edit a document?… Read more »
Be careful what you wish for. The current system is a pain because the IOW can’t afford any better. However, having been on holiday in Wales recently I was aghast at all the different coloured bags my friend has to use and some only being collected every third week. (No allowances made for the colour blind minority or those in small homes -the type that are being… Read more »