Portsmouth - Starting 1 September, the bin presentation time will be changed permanently from 7am to 6am. Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet unanimously agreed to update the waste collection policy to improve its services.

This change comes as a result of our previous successful trials during adverse weather conditions such as heat waves and strong winds. The trials enhanced operations and streamlined waste collection. The decision to make this adjustment permanent is a proactive step to ensure smoother operations and improved efficiency.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services at Portsmouth City Council, said: “We welcome this change to the service policy. Moving the bin presentation time to 6am comes with a number of benefits, like improved waste collection schedules, streamlined routes, and a better service all around.

“We’ve all seen the impact of extreme weather over the last few years on a number of public services. This change will allow the crew to be more flexible and proactive when needed.

“Thank you to all Portsmouth residents for your cooperation and understanding during this transition.”

Make sure your rubbish and recycling is put out before 6am, or after 7pm the night before so as not to miss your collection.

Put bins out at the edge of your property, where it meets the pavement or on the pavement. Make sure it’s easily accessible and not behind a gate or a wall. It also helps the crew to have the handles facing out towards the road.

Remember to bring your bins back as soon as they have been emptied or by the end of collection day. Bins and rubbish sacks must not be stored on the pavement outside these times.

For more information on recycling and rubbish, such as how to put your bins out for collection, visit our website: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/waste

Anyone with any questions can contact the recycling and rubbish team: email recyclingandrubbish@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9284 1105

We appreciate your continued support as we work together to create a sustainable future for Portsmouth.

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