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Different ways of collecting household waste are being trialled in various parts of the city. So far, the trials are taking part in the following areas:

  • Highbury - wheelie bins 
  • Fratton - either seagull proof sacks or a limited number of bin bags
  • Paulsgrove - wheelie bins 
  • Hilsea - starts 7 November 2017 (information below)

The trials are taking place in a bid to improve the city's recycling rates, which are amongst the lowest in the country. It is hoped that by encouraging residents to reduce their household waste and recycle more we can reduce the overall costs of household waste disposal.

There will be no change to collection frequency as weekly collections will continue, fortnightly recycling collections also remain unchanged.

Residents are supplied with either wheelie bins, seagull proof sacks or are limited to three bin bags per week (depending on area) to use for household waste.  These will be big enough for the majority of households if recycling correctly and any additional waste will not be collected.  If after two weeks you still have a lot of additional waste please contact 

We're also relying on feedback to help decide whether the trial continue so please complete the survey at the end of the trial period.  

For more information please check out the answers to frequently asked questions.

Festive period

During the week between Christmas and New Year, we will collect up to two additional bags of waste in the trial areas.

The next waste trial will start in Hilsea on Tuesday 7 November 2017. If you live in the following roads you will be part of the trial. If you have any questions about the scheme, our officers will be at Northern Parade Family Hub, Doyle Avenue, PO2 9NE on Thursday 26 October 5-7pm. 


  • Northern Parade
  • Hartley Road
  • Magdalen Road
  • Vita Road
  • Telford Road
  • Brunel Road
  • Meredith Road
  • Kipling Road
  • Templeton Close
  • Doyle Avenue
  • Doyle Close
  • Westwood Road
  • Southwood Road
  • Beechwood Road
  • Eastwood Road
  • Elmwood Road
  • Oakwood Road
  • Phoenix Square
  • Northwood Road
  • Fawley Road
  • Portswood Road
  • Normandy Road
  • Dieppe Crescent
  • Narvik Road
  • Salerno Road
  • Matapan Road
  • Warspite Close
  • Barham Way
  • Valiant Gardens
  • Spinnaker Drive
  • Cunningham Close
  • Iachino Avenue
  • Cunningham Avenue
  • Falkland Road
  • Howard Road
  • Hilsea Crescent
  • Horsea Road
  • South Avenue
  • North Avenue

Depending on which trial area you're in please put out either your wheelie bin, seagull proof sack or a maximum of three blue bags, at the boundary of your property on the pavement.


Please place your rubbish outside by 7am on the day of collection, and not earlier than 7pm on the night before.

The crew will only be collecting rubbish which is in the wheelie bin or seagull proof sack, with the lid closed, or a maximum of three blue bags. Any extra waste will not be collected. If you're using all available recycling facilities you should be able to reduce the amount of household you produce. The only change to this is in the week between Christmas and New Year when you could put out up to two additional bags if necessary. 

We are encouraging recycling, use of the bring banks and Green Waste Club to minimise the amount of rubbish.  If after everything is fully recycled, you still have more rubbish on a regular basis, then we can assess you to see if you are suitable for a larger container. 

If after two weeks you are recycling as much as possible and would like to speak to us about a larger container or additional bags please call

023 9284 1105.


If you still need to get rid of rubbish you can take it to the Portsmouth Recycling centre at Port Solent. 

Unfortunately we can't swap trial areas because we need to find out which method makes the most difference; also, it would be complicated for crews collecting the rubbish. Trial containers allow the same amount of rubbish collection, and the seagull-proof sacks hold three bin bags, which is equivalent to a 140-litre wheelie - the exact same size used in the Cosham trial. We are relying on your feedback, so please feedback to us with any comments you have once the trial is underway.

As this is a trial, we would suggest that you keep hold of it until the trial ends.  We will know then which, if any, of the new methods for collecting rubbish will become a long term fixture.

We do have smaller seagull proof sacks if you don't produce that much waste, or if you're in the blue bag trial you can choose you put out fewer than three bin bags. If you don't have much waste you don't have to put your wheelie bin out every week.

If you're in the blue bag trial you can double bag waste to prevent spillages, just remember to put your blue bag on the outside. With the seagull proof sack you can put in double bagged waste too, please remember to close the lid.

We wouldn't expect residents to have to buy particular bin bags, what we're hoping to encourage is an increase in the amount they recycle, so paying more attention to what goes in the household waste and whether it could be taken to a bottle bank or be recycled. So by limiting collection to a maximum of three bags is trying to encourage a change in behaviour. However, it's a trial for a reason and we need your feedback to let us know what works and what doesn't.


Residents in the Fratton trial area are no longer being supplied with blue bags but are still limited to just three bags per week.  These should be regular standard size black bin bags. Extra large or wheeled bin size bags will not be collected. 

Crews will put back seagull proof sacks outside each property they came from. They also have house numbers written on them so yours should be easily identified. Please bring your sack back inside after collection.