Changes to rubbish and recycling collectionsLast updated: 19 November 2013 11:05 UK
Your separated rubbish and recycling is collected by Portsmouth City Council employees every week on a regular, specified day, including most bank holidays. The only planned change to this is the Christmas and New Year period, when collection days vary over the two-week period.
Christmas & New Year 2013-14 rubbish and recycling collection day changes
Please note: Rubbish is collected weekly. Recycling is collected fortnightly.
|Normal day||Revised day|
|Monday 23 December||Saturday 21 December|
|Tuesday 24 December||Monday 23 December|
|Wednesday 25 December||Tuesday 24 December|
|Thursday 26 December||Friday 27 December|
|Friday 27 December||Saturday 28 December|
|Monday 30 December||No change|
|Tuesday 31 December||No change|
|Wednesday 1 January||Thursday 2 January|
|Thursday 2 January||Friday 3 January|
Friday 3 January
|Saturday 4 January|
Important: All other collection dates remain the same.
Collection changes dues to weather
Very occasionally something, like bad weather conditions, might stop us collecting your waste or recycling if, for example, the vehicle can't get down your road due to snow, ice or a fallen tree. If this happens, we will post updates onto this website about any rubbish and recycling which isn't collected, or you could listen for local media announcements.
Read more below about external circumstances which could affect your rubbish or recycling collection day or time, and what you should do with your waste until it is collected.
To check your normal rubbish and recycling collection day, enter your postcode in the my collection day search.
If temperatures remain unusually high over a number of days, refuse crews may start their collections earlier, for example at 6.30am rather than 7am. This means your bins may need to be out ready from 6.30am on the morning of your collection or after 7pm the night before.
Ice and snow on the roads
Waste collection services can be affected by icy roads and pavements. In very severe weather, the safety of crews, pedestrians and other road users, as well as access to disposal sites for your rubbish and recycling, can prevent us from carrying out all or some of the scheduled collections. If adverse weather prevents your rubbish and recycling from being collected, crews may be able to carry out catch-up collections.
However, collection vehicles depend on the roads being cleared, and the council’s gritting priorities will be the vital transport routes in and out of the city, major bus routes, and main routes to places like hospitals, schools and shopping centres. There is more information about snow and ice on the roads, including a map showing the priority streets in Portsmouth for gritting and salting.
Depending on circumstances, we prioritise flats because they generally have limited storage space. Blocks of flats where the snow and ice has been cleared from access roads and pavements are more likely to receive a collection. If you live on a low-priority road, you may have to wait a little longer for your rubbish and recycling to be collected.
What to do with your rubbish during collection disruptions
We'd appreciate your patience if services are disrupted. If your collection didn’t take place, please store your rubbish and recycling on your property until your next collection day - or read the alternative suggestions below:
At home - separate as much clean, dry recycling as you can from your black sack rubbish:
- squash tins and plastic bottles, flatten cardboard boxes to fit more into your recycling bin
- if necessary, store excess recycling in plastic bags. As long as the crew can recognise it as recycling, they will collect it when they are next able to reach your home. If you can’t store all your recycling, take it to the Portsmouth recycling centre which will be open as usual. As a last resort, put excess recycling in your rubbish bags and we’ll take it away with your next weekly rubbish collection
- compost as much as you can if you have a compost bin.
Healthcare waste collections - may be suspended. If your collection is urgent, please contact us at City Helpdesk to let us know.
Bulky waste collections - may be suspended during any extended period of disruption. It will start again as soon as possible.
Local recycling points - don’t leave any more at that recycling point if it is full and overflowing. Instead, take your recycling home and store it until collections are back to normal.