Households on the Isle of Wight are to start receiving new wheelie bins next week in preparation for new waste collection services.

Letters will also start landing on 70,000 Island doorsteps explaining how and when new rubbish collections will work.  The leaflets will also detail what can and cannot be recycled.

Wheelie bins, food caddies and bags will be delivered to households from 9th January over a period of three weeks. Residents are asked not to put the new containers out for collection until the new service starts on 30 January because the current waste collection vehicles do not have the capability to handle the new containers.

Councillor Edward Giles, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for highways, transport and waste, said: “We hope residents will recognise the benefits that these improvements in recycling will bring to the Island, both in terms of helping to sustain the beautiful place that we all live by sending less waste to landfill and with the added benefit of reducing costs to council taxpayers.

“We have undertaken extensive planning in the lead up to the roll out of the new scheme and we will work hard to implement it as smoothly as possible. With changes of this scale, there will inevitably be teething problems but we ask residents to bear with us as we work to improve the service. We hope residents will help us by reducing the amount of waste they generate, reusing materials and recycling as much waste as possible.”

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions can be found on the council’s website at www.iwight.com/waste, this will be updated as new questions arise. It also contains detailed lists of the sorts of waste that should be put in each container or bag as well as information about what happens to waste when it is recycled.

Residents without internet access or who cannot find the information they need on the website or have a specific query can call 823777 and speak to a member of staff.