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You can look up your nearest recycling point on the Recycle More website. The recycling locator on the Recycle More website includes all the Council run recycling points as well as those run by other organisations. Updating information for recycling points provided by other organisations are the responsibility of that organisation.

Following Tesco’s decision to close their glass banks at their North Harbour store, we have installed new Council glass banks at:

  • Jubilee Avenue (where Allaway Avenue ends)
  • The junction of Lock View and Port Way

Find your nearest local recycling point

This page gives you information about where you can find local recycling points and what you can recycle. There are over 100 recycling points around the city to help you recycle items that can’t be collected from your home.

The below banks are run by the Council, however there are many other recycling facilities around the city run by other organisations which take a variety of materials for recycling.

Glass banks

What you can recycle:

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

You can leave the metal lids on the bottles and jars and they will be recycled too.

What we don’t take:

  • Lightbulbs
  • Panes of glass
  • Mirrors
  • Drinking glasses
  • Candle glass jars

These glass items are treated to be heat-resistant and therefore cannot be processed with glass bottles and jars. When discarding, please wrap these safely in paper and place them in your rubbish or take to the Recycling Centre at Port Solent.

Where it goes and what happens to it:

The glass is taken to the Portsmouth Veolia facility for sorting before being sent to re-processors. For more information on how glass is recycled visit Hampshire County Council’s website.

Picture showing glass bottles and jars

Plastic banks

What you can recycle:

  • Plastic pots (e.g. yoghurt pots, non-black plant pots)
  • Plastic tubs (e.g. margarine & ice cream tubs, biscuit tubs)
  • Plastic trays (e.g. meat trays, fruit & veg punnets)
  • Plastic bottles (e.g. drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles)

 What we don’t take:

  • Black plastics
  • Plastic films
  • Plastic wrappers
  • Carrier bags
  • Polystyrene

Where it goes and what happens to it:

Instead of going to the Portsmouth Material Recovery Facility, the plastics are collected by our partner Biffa Commercial and sent to one of their re-processing facilities in the UK (Biffa Polymers). Biffa Polymers then shred, wash, and pelletise them, ready to be made back into food containers where possible and other products where not. For more information, visit Plastic Recycling | Biffa.

Where are the plastics banks:

  • Victoria Avenue, PO1 2TA
  • College Street/Beneficial Street, PO1 3HB
  • Commercial Road/All Saints Church Road, PO1 4BT
  • Kirby Road, PO2 0PG
  • George Street/New Road (opposite The Mermaid pub), PO2 7RA
  • Alex Way Car Park off Northern Parade, PO2 9PB
  • Tangier Road (by Baffins Pond), PO3 6HU
  • Locksway Road/The Driveway (Outside St James’ Hospital), PO4 8LE
  • Rear of Waitrose, Richmond Place, PO5 2NP
  • Tesco Express, Havant Road, PO6 1NF

Textile banks

What you can recycle: 

  • The Salvation Army textile banks (the Council contractor) accept any materials (clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linens, towels etc) no matter how old or worn – please ensure items are clean, and place them in a bag before taking them to a bank.
  • There are also other textiles banks run by various charities in the city. Please check on their bring bank if there are restrictions on what they accept.

 What we don’t take: 

  • Soiled clothing
  • Duvets (as these block the banks)

 Where it goes and what happens to it: 

Carton banks

What you can recycle: 

  • Food and drinks cartons
  • Paper containers with metal ends (Crisps tubes type packaging)

 What we don’t take: 

  • Glass, paper, card
  • Plastic bottles and bags
  • Cans, aerosols and foil
  • Textiles

 Where it goes and what happens to it: 

For more information visit the ACE UK website.

Where are the carton banks:

  • Asda Fratton car Park
  • Morrisons Anchorage Park car Park
  • Alex Way by the Mountbatten Leisure Centre
  • Victoria Avenue car park (between Victoria Avenue and Pier Road)
picture showing cartons

Using recycling banks

  • Only use the glass banks between 8am and 8pm to reduce noise disturbance of local residents
  • Take your bags and boxes home with you after emptying
  • If the bank is full please don’t leave items on the pavement – take your items home and try again later or use another bank
  • To report a full (or vandalised) collection bank, contact Recycling and Rubbish on 023 9284 1105
  • Supermarkets also have a variety of recycling services for other household items.