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Portsmouth recycling, rubbish and food waste collections over the festive period

During the festive period rubbish, recycling and food waste collections in Portsmouth will take place a day later the week of Boxing Day. Portsmouth City Council have said that collections on other weeks will remain the same.

2022 Christmas recycling, waste collection dates

For rubbish and recycling to be collected it should be put out on the street by 7am for easy access for the crew. If residents miss their collection, they can take it to the Port Solent household waste recycling centre. It’s open seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (booking is required).

Here is a handy list of what can be recycled in Portsmouth:

  • Gift wrap (not containing glitter or shiny patterns)
  • Christmas cards (remove ribbons, bows, batteries, and sections with glitter)
  • Cardboard boxes from packaging (postal, toys, gifts, food, drinks)
  • Food tins and drinks cans
  • Plastic bottles with lids on
  • Empty aerosols

There are some items which should not be recycled, including gift wrap containing glitter or shiny patterns, bubble wrap and plastic bags.

Glass bottles, drink cartons, textiles and plastic pots, tubs and trays can be recycled at local recycling banks.

Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Portsmouth City Council, said: “Over the festive period, councils collect about 10% more waste than at other times of the year. A lot of this can be recycled and we are pleased that so many people are choosing to use the bring banks for glass bottles, plastic tubs, and other items. However, it is very important to know what can and cannot be recycled which can be found on the council website. This to ensure the correct materials are sent to the correct facilities for sorting.

“The bottle banks are being emptied more frequently over the festive period, but they can still get very full at this time of year so please store your recycling at home until demand reduces if you are able to. Please also use the new plastic banks around the city for your tubs and trays. These cannot be put in your recycling bin so would otherwise be sent for incineration.”

Full bring bank can be reported by emailing or calling 023 9284 1105.

More information about recycling and waste collections during the festive period can be found at