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If you want to find out more about the issues that affect our environment, this is where they’ll be. Whether it’s details of the latest asphalt plant, bio-mass plant or wind turbine application, we lay out the facts and let you share your opinion.

Plastic found on Isle of Wight beaches to be recycled under new scheme

plastic on beach

The Isle of Wight Council is working with volunteers and recycling company, TerraCycle, to recycle rigid plastic from Island beaches.

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 12:43pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Street artist draws inspiration from Isle of Wight wildlife for mural

Artist ATM and The Wildlife Trusts' Tim Ferrero at Ryde pier

Street artist ATM took inspiration from the lush seagrass meadows off Ryde for his latest wildlife portrait, a cuttlefish, over the Solent at Portsmouth City Museum.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 5:01pm

By Lianne de Mello

Former IWC leader new chairman of Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership

iow aonb map

The new chair says he's hoping he'll be able to raise the profile of the AONB and increase the strength of the designation through the development of a new management plan.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 12:40pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Get involved to ensure more plankton than plastic in our seas

plastic on beach

Surfers Against Sewage are calling on Islanders to "Join the Resistance against single-use plastics!" to help stop ocean plastic pollution.

Monday, 24th July, 2017 12:16pm

By Matt Harwood with one comment

Volunteers help rid the Isle of Wight of invasive Himalayan Balsam

himalayan balsam

Himalayan Balsam is a growing problem and Island 2000 have been working to control it for six years. Volunteers from Island Roads recently lent a hand.

Monday, 24th July, 2017 10:58am

By Gavin Foster with one comment

Big Butterfly Count 2017: Sir David’s appeal for Islanders to take part

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

Last year was the fourth worst on record for butterflies and Sir David Attenborough is urging people on the Isle of Wight to take part in the Big Butterfly Count survey between now and 6th August.

Monday, 17th July, 2017 8:58am

By Katie Callaghan with one comment

PTEC project that council invested £1m in now on hold

PTEC-Underwater-turbines - and keplar scheme

Without the "financial support mechanism" in place, officers say it would be unwise to move forward with the scheme, so the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) which promised skilled jobs and renewable energy is on hold. It's unclear whether the council will ever see the return of their £1m unsecured loan.

Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 9:43am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Innovative ideas for ‘active travel’ rewarded

long tandem

The Isle of Wight Council is inviting potential innovators to bid for an Active Travel Innovation Grant

Tuesday, 27th June, 2017 1:56pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

All change for gasification plant after sub-contractor goes out of business

gasification plant

The gasification plant was to be refurbed as part of a 25 year, £225m waste contract with Amey. After the sub-contractor went out of business an alternative had to be found. OnTheWight has the details.

Monday, 19th June, 2017 5:40pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight council ban on balloon releases

balloons

The Isle of Wight council are now registered with the Marine Conservation Society's list of councils supporting the balloon release ban.

Monday, 12th June, 2017 6:03pm

By Sarah Marshall with 5 readers' comments

From Australia to the Isle of Wight – how to ‘defeat the fossil fuel industry’

bentley effect

There's a free screening and Q&A session of The Bentley Effect on Sunday.

Tuesday, 6th June, 2017 4:36pm

By Sylvia May

Isle of Wight Green candidate launches the Green Guarantee Manifesto

Vix Lowthion in Church Litten

Vix Lowthion sets out the Isle of Wight Green Party's plans for their Green Guarantee, including Beacon status for the Island as a centre of renewable energy engineering.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 6:04pm

By Sally Perry with 46 readers' comments