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With the frenzy of Christmas and New Year, you can keep on top of your Christmas recycling and rubbish here. 

Information about waste collection dates over the Christmas and New Year period, as well as advice on how to dispose of your festive waste.

Rubbish and recycling collection dates

Please put your rubbish and recycling out by 7am. If you miss your collection, you can take it to the Port Solent Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Find your collection day

Christmas Week collections

 Normal Day Revised Day

Monday 23 December 2019

Saturday 21 December 2019

Tuesday 24 December 2019

Monday 23 December 2019

Wednesday 25 December 2019 

Tuesday 24 December 2019

Thursday 26 December 2019

Friday 27 December 2019

Friday 27 December 2019

Saturday 28 December 2019


New Year's week collections

Normal DayRevised Day

Monday 30 December 2019

Collection date unchanged

Tuesday 31 December 2019

Collection date unchanged

Wednesday 1 January 2020

Thursday 2 January 2020

Thursday 2 January 2020 

Friday 3 January 2020

Friday 3 January 2020 

Saturday 4 January 2020

Download a printable version of the Christmas and New Year rubbish and recycling collection dates

Extra bags

You will be able to put out one extra bag for collection over the Christmas period. If you need to put out more than that, you can buy stickers that will allow these to be taken. Stickers cost £24 for a sheet of 12, and should be placed on every extra bag that you put out. To buy the stickers, call us on 023 9284 1105 - you can pay by debit or credit card, or come into Civic Offices and speak to reception.

Other waste collection dates

Please put your rubbish and recycling out by 7am. If you miss your collection, you can take it to the Port Solent Household Waste and Recycling Centre.


To reduce overflows, we'll be scheduling more collections at bottle banks over the holidays.

Garden waste:

Collections will be suspended by the Green Waste Club for two weeks.

  • Last collection in 2019: Friday 20 December
  • First collection in 2020: Monday 6 January

Bulky waste

Collections will be suspended for three weeks.

  • Last collection in 2019: Wednesday 18 December
  • First collection 2020: Tuesday 7 January

Healthcare waste

The Wednesday and Thursday collections will take place on:

  • Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 December
  • Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December

    They will then return to their usual dates after the New Year.

Festive waste disposal

Recycle right this Christmas. 

Most of us recycle lots during and after Christmas but are we getting it right? See some tips below or visit Recycle Now's website to find out more about what can and can't be recycled over the festive season.


Recycle in your green bin:

  • Christmas cards. Tip: Any extras such as ribbons, glitter or bows cannot be recycled and need to be removed by tearing off that part of the card.
  • Cardboard boxes from packaging. Tip: Remember to remove any plastic or polystyrene inserts and excess sticky tape from cardboard boxes before recycling. Also remove the portion of Christmas card which has glitter or decorations on before recycling.


Put in your black bin:

  • Gift Wrap. Unfortunately, a lot of gift wrap contains plastic and CANNOT be recycled.
  • Baubles. Glass baubles are not recyclable. Broken glass baubles should be disposed of by wrapping and putting in with general waste. Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastic not widely collected yet in the UK and are likely to be covered with glitter which would impact on the recycling process so should also go in the general waste.
  • Tinsel. Tinsel cannot be recycled. If your tinsel has finally lost its sparkle and needs to be thrown away please dispose of it in your rubbish bin.
  • Wreaths. Natural materials on wreaths, such as ivy, fir cones, mistletoe and holly, can be composted as long as they are not covered with excessive glitter. Simply remove the greenery from the base and add to your garden/green waste collection, or drop at your local household waste recycling centre. Artificial decorations such as ribbons and plastic flowers will need to be removed as these cannot be recycled.


Tip: Unwanted decorations in good condition can be donated to charity shops for re-sale and re-use.


Take to recycling banks:


Small electrical items

Recycle your small electrical items by putting them in a carrier bag, and placing it on top - not inside - of your recycling bin. 

Any item with a plug or that uses batteries is classed as WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. These items must not be sent to landfill.


How to dispose of Christmas trees

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

Real Christmas trees can also be recycled at the Waterfront Garden Centre on Avenue de Caen between 2 January and 19 January 2020.

Tip: Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations and any pots or stands.

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Further information

For more information, visit our Recycling page

To contact the Waste team: