The Isle of Wight is one of the best places in the country for recycling plastic, new figures have revealed.
In the 2017/18 financial year, 55 per cent of all Island household waste was recycled, according to a report by the BBC.
The report also found that, since February 2016, Islanders have recycled 4,100 tonnes of plastic collected from their homes.
The Isle of Wight Council and partner Amey are among only a handful of UK authorities that recycle most types of plastics collected from the household.
Cabinet member for waste, Councillor Michael Murwill, said:
“We can be rightly proud because we’re exceeding the national target of 50 per cent of waste being recycled by 2020.
“In fact, we’re already recycling 55 per cent – which was originally our target for 2020.
“We’re also tackling other issues, especially targeting plastic polluting our seas, which is something I’m very passionate about.
“We’re working with businesses and other community leaders to meet this ambition.”
Islanders can recycle most types of everyday plastic in their household using green recycling bin or green gull sack, such as food packaging, drinks bottles, milk cartons, yoghurt pots, tubs and cleaning products – as long as they are empty.
Ready meal plastic trays can also be recycled provided they are rinsed out and not heavily contaminated with food waste or residue.
Items such as cling film or dirty plastic packaging or food trays cannot be recycled and should be placed in your black bin or gull sack.
‘Hard’ plastics, such as children’s toys, outdoor furniture or window frames and PVC products should be taken to the recycling centres at Lynnbottom, Newport or Afton Marsh, Freshwater.
A more details ‘A to Z’ list of what items can go in your recycling bin can be found at www.iwight.com/waste.