SEVERE flooding across the Isle of Wight over the past few days has led to some changes across the local authority's waste services. 

Isle of Wight Council collection crews are currently monitoring roads affected by flooding.

For the next two weeks in flood-affected areas only, there will be: 

  • An allowance for two additional black bags of side waste — this will run over two weeks covering this week and next week’s general household waste (black bag/bins) collections. 
  • Extra food waste will be collected and must be placed out next to food waste caddies.

In addition, for those affected by flooding: 

  • While van permits are still required, you do not have to wait for the physical permit to be issued for immediate visits to the household waste and recycling centres (HWRC). Residents should complete the application form, note the reference number and take the number with them to their booked visit.

You should not attempt to dry out soft furnishings due to contamination from flood water, the council advise. 

The council now has a same day booking facility in place at the HWRC, so if you need to dispose of items quickly as a result of the flooding, do so via, or call 823777 to book a same day trip. 

Natasha Dix, the council's service director of waste and environment, said: “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the flooding over the past few days and is now facing that awful clear up.

“We have put these temporary measures in place for the next two weeks."