Important news on how best to deal with your rubbish if you’re self-isolating (updated)

If anyone in your household is self-isolating because of coronavirus, the council has just issued this new guidance on how best to deal with your rubbish to reduce it spreading and to protect waste collection staff.

Waste collection operator

The Isle of Wight Council has issued advice for households which have suspected coronavirus (Covid-19) infections for disposing of waste.

The authority has issued new guidance for putting out rubbish to protect people and reduce the risk of spreading infection.

Keep personal waste inside for at least three days
When self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms for seven or 14 days, to protect our recycling and waste collection crews please follow these simple steps:

  • Place all personal waste such as used tissues, wipes, kitchen roll and cleaning cloths in to a rubbish bag.
  • When full, tie the bag and place in a second and tied securely.
  • Keep this waste separate from other waste in the room/household in which you are self-isolating.
  • Please keep aside inside your property for at least 72 hours before putting out for collection (ie. keep it indoors and do not set out for collection until 3 days have passed after tying the second bag).

Other recycling and waste can be disposed of as normal.

Rubbish tips now closed
The Isle of Wight Council and Amey have in partnership jointly agreed that the instruction from government requires the temporary closure of the following for review in three weeks’ time, effective immediately:

  • Afton March household waste recyling centre to the public.
  • The household lane at Lynnbottom household waste recycling centre.

Remaining open to support business and for emergencies will be:

  • The commercial lane at Lynnbottom.
  • Asbestos disposal.
  • Hazardous waste store for emergency services and hazardous waste.

For more further information and service updates, visit our Website.

Article edit
4.50pm 24 Mar 2020 – Update that the two tips are now closed

News shared by Isle of Wight council press office. Ed

Image: © Recyling Waste World

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 11:58am



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Angela Hewitt

It should be noted that the majority of people that are self isolating are doing so to avoid contracting the virus not because they have it!!


Went to Lynnbottom this afternoon and found it was closed to the public but Mr Skippy and other lorries were allowed in. Had to bring my two bags of rubbish home for the new residents to deal with.

Sally Perry

The announcement of the closure only came out today (not via a press release, but through the IWC’s Facebook updates which I happened to notice by chance). I have now updated this article with the info that’s in our News Updates about the closure.