Portsmouth city council

We are responsible for collecting and disposing of household waste across the city. Domestic waste collections are weekly.

Domestic waste collections are contracted to Biffa, while disposal is handled by Hampshire's waste disposal contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

  • General household rubbish should be put in robust black sacks
  • If you live in a flat all you need to do is put your black sacks in your shared rubbish bin and it will be collected from there
  • There are a number of items that can't be taken as part of a waste collection, such as healthcare or DIY waste. Visit Hampshire County Council's website to find out what can go in your domestic waste collection
  • Bulky items such as TVs or furniture are not collected - you will need to take them to Portsmouth recycling centre or book a bulky waste collection
  • You may also join the Green Waste Club to have your garden waste collected
  • Read more about our waste trial which started in September 2016
  • Buy refills and loose groceries
  • Take re-usable bags when you go shopping 
  • Recycle paper, card, cans and plastic bottles in your wheelie bin or green box

Businesses must keep waste to a minimum by doing everything reasonable to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste. Businesses are also required to sort and store waste safely and securely, and complete a waste transfer note for every load of waste given to a waste carrier - and carriers must be registered to dispose of waste.

Small and medium sized businesses with a waste carriers licence can now take trade/commercial waste to Hampshire waste and recycling centres. Follow the link to find out what trade materials are accepted, costs and other information on Hampshire County Council's site.

We don't collect business waste - follow the link for information on disposing of business waste at Gov.uk

Portsmouth City Council is a part of Project Integra - a partnership of local authorities in Hampshire working together to improve waste collection and disposal.

This enables local authorities to make best use of shared infrastructure and maximise recycling through collective bargaining on contracts for the sale of recyclable materials. More information is available from the websites listed below.

Further information - external links

Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) - an organisation that supports local authorities on waste issues

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Guidance for businesses and organisations on how waste disposal is regulated and what they need to do to comply

Waste Data Flow - where local authorities report data on waste and recycling to the government

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