A brand-new fleet of 21 vehicles will soon be out collecting household waste and recycling as part of Portsmouth City Council bringing the services in-house from April 1.

No changes are being made to people’s collection rounds or services. One big new benefit will be a new online portal, where people can easily find their collection days for household, food, garden waste, and recycling in one calendar, and log a missed collection in one click.

Recycling, food waste, garden waste, and household waste will all be delivered by council staff when the contract with current collectors Biffa ends. Around 90 staff will transfer into council employment and operate the new fleet of vehicles, which have in-cab devices to record collections and flag any collection issues in real time.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, paid a visit to the Dennis Eagle factory in Warwick to see the first of the new collection vehicles coming off the production line.

Cllr Ashmore said:

“By bringing these services in-house and investing in 21 new vehicles, we are ensuring Portsmouth residents receive the excellent waste and recycling services they expect. The current fleet is over 12 years old and coming to the end of its working life. So, we have committed £4.7m to replacing all the vehicles to minimise potential breakdowns and disruption.

“There won’t be any changes to collection rounds, so residents shouldn’t notice a change, aside from the new vehicles and staff wearing city council uniforms.”

17 of the vehicles will be fitted with electric bin lifts. Typically, electric bin lifts lower fuel consumption by around 8 per cent, a major reduction on the environmental impact.  The new vehicles continue to use hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel, which produces low carbon emissions, in line with the council’s target of making its operations ‘net zero’ by 2030.

Get your garden waste collected

People who are signed up for garden waste collections don’t need to do anything. Customers will be written to 30 days before their current contract expires with information about how to sign up for the council’s Leaf if Out scheme. More information and how to sign up for garden waste collections on the Leaf it Out webpage.