We've collected all the seasonal information you'll need this Christmas and New Year.

Council offices

The council offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, as well as the bank holidays on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

This means that the council will be open on Friday 21 December, and then closed until reopening on Thursday 27 December.

Disposing of your real Christmas tree 

Real trees should be cut up and put in your garden waste bin, or taken to the Port Solent recycling centre for composting. Trees under six feet tall can be put out with your rubbish for two weeks after Christmas.

You can also take your tree to the Waterfront Garden Centre to be chipped. You can drop your tree off on the following dates:

      • Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 January
      • Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 January
      • Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January

        Chippings will be used in parks and green spaces across the city.

Extra rubbish collection

We know that you'll have bit more rubbish over Christmas, so from 22 December - 5 January only, you can put out two extra bags alongside your wheeled bin and our waste collection teams will still take them. If you have more than two extra bags, you can buy extra waste stickers for them by calling us on 023 9284 1105. Alternatively, you can take them and bulkier items to the household waste recycling centre at Port Solent.


Bin collection day changes

Please put your rubbish and recycling out by 7am on your collection day.

Normal dayRevised day

Monday 24 December

Saturday 22 December

Tuesday 25 December

Monday 24 December

Wednesday 26 December

Thursday 27 December

Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Friday 28 December

Saturday 29 December

Monday 31 December

No change

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Wednesday 2 January

Wednesday 2 January

Thursday 3 January

Thursday 3 January

Friday 4 January

Friday 4 January

Saturday 5 January

School dates and inset days

Check which Portsmouth schools have inset days

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