Summer Season Waste Reminder

This in from the Isle of Wight Council

Island holiday let providers are being given a summer season reminder of their commercial waste responsibilities.

Some smaller businesses, including self-catering accommodation, may not realise they have a legal duty of care to store, transport and dispose of their commercial waste in a professional manner.

Holiday lets and self-catering accommodation are not permitted by law to use the Isle of Wight Council’s household collection service.

Cabinet member for waste services, Councillor Steve Hastings, said: “We are proud the Isle of Wight is such a beautiful place to visit for tourists but it is important our holiday accommodations businesses including farm stays, bed and breakfasts and holiday lets realise the waste they generate is commercial waste and cannot be subsidised by the public purse.”

Natasha Dix, head of waste, said: “The council’s household kerbside collection service is free for wholly domestic properties. However, properties being used for holiday accommodation are legally classified as commercial waste producers and are not eligible for free household waste collection services.

“It is important we are fair and consistent in our approach and that all properties producing commercial waste pay for its collection and disposal. This means ensuring all property owners are made aware of their responsibilities regarding the waste legislation.”

Under the Environmental Protection Act (1990), all businesses (including those operating at home), have a legal responsibility to safely contain and dispose of any waste produced as a result of their business.

This includes waste produced by self-catering accommodation, hotels, bed and breakfast and guesthouses when occupied by paying guests. It also includes your own home, annexe or a caravan if you use this in the course of a business for the provision of self-catering accommodation.

Owners of furnished holiday lets that are available for booking for more than 140 days per year also need to register with the council as they count as self-catering properties on which business rates (rather than council tax) are payable.

Further information on commercial waste can be found at:  

The council, in partnership with Amey, offers a commercial waste collection that charges for the collection and disposal of your waste. Holiday lets available to let 139 day or less may subscribe to the household waste service, although you are free to choose a registered waste carrier of your own choice.

For further information on commercial waste, please visit the holiday lets and self-catering accommodation section at or call (01983) 823777. You can also email:
To check whether you should be paying business rates, please email  or call (01983) 823920.