People will be able to recycle their glass rubbish more easily thanks to new bring banks near a popular supermarket.

Portsmouth City Council has installed two new glass recycling ‘bring banks’ near to the large Tesco store in Fratton, in response to high demand from people in the area.

These new bring banks are situated just outside the Tesco store and Sunnyside Medical Centre near the Pompey Centre on Fratton Way. This central location means that people will be able to recycle glass items more easily and conveniently while doing their shopping.

Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “We’ve heard from many residents in the area about how convenient they found recycling banks near this supermarket, and how frustrating it was to have them removed.

“By providing various recycling services that are accessible across the city, we are investing in making Portsmouth a cleaner and greener place to live.”

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, passed a motion at this week’s Full Council meeting, saying: “It’s hugely disappointing that Tesco supermarkets removed recycling facilities from their large Fratton and Port Solent stores. Tackling the climate crisis is up to all of us and needs to be a joint effort. We are urging them to reconsider this decision, so local residents can recycle the packaging purchased at their stores.

“Until then, I’m delighted to see glass recycling banks reinstated here by the council, and I hope that they will make it easier for people to do their bit and recycle their household glass.”

Cllr Barrett also sent an open letter to CEOs of the major supermarkets in Portsmouth in December 2022, calling for reinstatement or improved recycling facilities at their stores.

There are more than 100 recycling points around the city where people can recycle items which can’t be collected from home such as glass, cartons, clothes, books, and DVDs. There are also 11 points where people can recycle mixed plastic, like yoghurt pots, plastic tubs and trays. The location of all recycling points in Portsmouth can be found on the local recycling points page.