Kerbside Collections: St Mary's

The Council collects both residual 'black bag' waste and dry mixed 'co-mingled' recycling from householders on a weekly basis on St Mary's.

Click here to download a PDF of our waste and recycling guidance. 

The Council operates different services on the off-islands. Please check our off island page or contact your local off island waste contract manager directly.

All material that is collected in blue or black sacks in sent to the mainland for further processing/final disposal and so we all need to ensure we get it right before we send it.

  • All material needs to be placed at the kerbside (boundary of your property as close to the public highway as possible) by 8.30am on the day of your collection.
  • All recycling material needs to be clean & dry and free from contaminants.
  • Al recycling material needs to be flattened and squashed to maximise room in your sacks.

What do i include in my household 'blue', recycling sack?


All items must be clean & dry and free from contaminants such as food, and glitter.

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs & trays
  • Household metals (aerosols, tin foil, tin cans).



  • Glass bottles & jars (we recycle these locally and so need to be taken to a bottle bank)
  • Paper of card with glue, glitter, embellishments or ribbons
  • Drink cartons
  • Tetra Pak 
  • Water filters 
  • Coffee pods
  • Pet food pouches
  • Baby food pouches
  • Plastic film & wrapping

If you put items in your recycling that we can’t accept, all the recycling may be rejected.

Banana Box Guidance

The Council's waste & recycling team understands the difficulties that some residents are facing with banana boxes as part of their household kerbside collections.

The boxes are quite big and tricky to breakdown in order to fit inside the blue household recycling sacks we provide residents.

At present, the Council's waste & recycling team has one vehicle capable of making collections of residual waste & dry mixed recycling at the kerbside, and this vehicle lacks on-board compaction. We ask that all residents & businesses compact cardboard boxes (and all other recycling) to help us maximise efficiency in the service. Uncompacted material means more recycling sacks have to be issued, more time is spent on collections and it increases the time spent processing the material because it's hard to handle. This is the same on the off islands due to way waste is transported to St Mary's. We don't have the resource at present to undertake a regular separate collection for banana boxes or other cardboard boxes, however, we are keeping the collection and service for recycling under review. The Council's policy for recycling collections states that all cardboard needs to be contained in the recycling sacks provided. This is to ensure the cardboard is kept dry for recycling. Once cardboard becomes wet it cannot be recycled as the integrity of the material is lost. This costs the Council more money in waste disposal charges and does not increase our recycling rates.

In order for the Council's waste & recycling team to collect banana boxes at the kerbside, residents need to ensure the boxes are contained within the blue sacks provided. Residents can either:

  • strip down and squash the boxes. This is preferable as this will enable you to use fewer sacks.

Or, if you are having trouble compacting the boxes:

  • put the banana boxes (intact) inside the sacks and fill them with your other dry mixed recycling material (plastic pots, tubs, trays, tins & cans, paper & card etc.)

We request that households to not leave out more than 2 blue recycling sacks per week as it may not be possible to collect them. Any extra volume from householders would, at present, place extra pressure on the service and make daily operations difficult for the team, who also carry out other waste & recycling duties during the working day. If you have more than 2 blue recycling sacks worth of recycling, you need to take it to the waste & recycling site yourself. Please note that if you instruct a third-party haulier to collect your household waste and recycling, commercial fees and charges will be passed onto you by the hauliers.

There is currently a booking system in place to access the St Mary's waste & recycling site. Please call 01720 424450 (voicemail only) or email to make a booking. 

What is my household allocation of recycling sacks?

The Council issues two rolls of 25 sacks to each household per year. We deliver these approximately every 6 months.

This roughly equates to an allocation of 1 sack per property, per week.

If you run out of sacks before your next allocation is due you will need to fill out a Householder Recycling Sack Request Form

What do I include in my residual 'black bag' waste sacks?

Please put all non-recyclable items in your black bag waste i.e. food waste (unless you compost at home), soiled products, nappies, sanitary, plastic films and wrapping.

Your black bags should not contain any bulky, hazardous or electrical waste.

Where do I take other material I need to dispose of?

Plastic film, plastic bags and crisp packets – look for local recycling options, or to your local waste & recycling facility

Compostable food and garden waste – great for your home compost or to your local waste & recycling facility

Clothes, shoes, fabrics – charity shops, bring bank, or to your local waste & recycling facility

Small electricals, white goods, batteries – Council electrical collection, or to your local waste & recycling facility

Glass bottles and jars – bring sites (Telegraph, Rear of Town Hall, Rechabite Slip and Old Town - Nowhere Car Park on St Marys), or to your local waste & recycling facility

All other material e.g., scrap metal items, large rigid plastic items, household & garden chemicals, need to be brought to your local waste & recycling site for safe disposal / further recycling. Please contact or call 01720 424400 to book a slot to bring your items to the St Marys Waste and Recycling Centre.  

Containing Your Waste Well 

It is really important that we all make every effort to contain our waste & recycling properly. Strewn waste poses a significant health issue for our wildlife, our environment and our community. It also places an unnecessary burden on the waste & recycling collection team.

Until we collect your waste and recycling, it is your responsibility to make sure it is contained properly so that pests or weather cannot strew it around.

We recommend that you put your waste into either a seagull/pest proof sack, (which can be packed away between collections so don’t take up valuable space,) a bin with a lid, or a wheelie bin (up to 240ltrs). Seagull proof sacks, bins and wheelie bins can be purchased online or enquire at your local hardware shop.

You can also buy seagull proof sacks directly from the Council.

Reporting a Missed Collection

All material needs to be placed at the boundary of your property, as close to the kerbside as possible, by 8.30a.m on the day of your collection. 

If your waste and recycling has not been collected by 4.30p.m on your collection day please email or call 01720 424450 (voicemail only).