Waste and recycling update: Storm Ciaran

Published: 8 November 2023

Sandbags piled up across a house entrance, protecting the bins and house from the flood water building up in the road

Update on 1 November 2023

Amber weather warnings of winds up to 80mph have been issued across the south of England from 06:00 GMT to 20:00 on Thursday 2 November 2023.

Due to the high winds forecast the following changes are in place for waste and recycling collections across the Island for Thursday collections.

  • Please do not put bins out tonight (Wednesday 1 November 2023) for collection tomorrow (Thursday 2 November)
  • Please instead put your bins out on Thursday morning (2 November.)

Service Director of waste and environment, Natasha Dix said: “Under the waste and recycling rules, you are able to place bins out after 7pm the night before your collection. However, with the high winds forecast, we are asking for you to place your bins and reusable sacks out on the morning of your collection - this is to minimise any damage over tonight and early hours tomorrow to your bins and to prevent any bins from blowing into roads overnight."

Published on 20 October 2023

As a result of severe flooding across the Island over the past few days, there will be some changes across waste services. 

Collection crews are currently monitoring those 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. 

Natasha Dix, service director of waste and environment at the Isle of Wight Council, 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.

"We would also like to remind residents that we now have a same day booking facility in place at the HWRCs so if you need to dispose of items quickly as a result of the flooding, you are able to do so book a trip to the recycling centre online or call 01983 823777 to book your same day trip.” 

For further advice on what do after a flood, please visit council's advice page.