ISLANDERS will be able to take more items to the tip for recycling from Monday (May 25) — but trips must still be essential.

As part of the gradual re-opening of the Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), the Isle of Wight Council is easing restrictions on the types of waste residents can take.

Vans, trailers and pickup trucks will also be admitted on site with the appropriate permits, and from Tuesday, the current one-way system on Briddlesford Road will be lifted — though the temporary 30mph speed limit will remain in force.

From Monday, HWRCs will accept all the usual items except general 'black bag' waste — the likes of nappies, sanitary waste and cigarette butts — which people should continue to put out as part of their kerbside collection.

Entry to recycling centres remains by pre-booked appointment only.

To book a slot, click here.

Natasha Dix, the council's strategic manager for waste, said: "The centres can only remain open if we all do our bit to help maintain social distancing.

"So far, people are supporting us in this for which we’re really grateful.

"However, I must emphasise that the reopening is not a return to normal and I would urge residents to only visit our HWRCs if they really need to.

"Public safety, and that of our staff and the need for social distancing is of the upmost importance."