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.

These 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.

Map of recycling points

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Types of recycling

Glass banks

image of Mixed glass bring bank

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.

Plastic banks

image of Mixed plastic bring bank

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)

 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.

Textile banks

image of mixed textiles and clothes bin

What you can recycle: 

  • The Salvation Army textile banks (a 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.
  • The Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) textile banks (a council contractor) accept any materials (clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linens, towels etc) that are in a resalable condition – 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

image of Cartons bring bank

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.

Books and media banks

image of Books and Music bin

What you can recycle: 

  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs

 What we don’t take: 

  • Newspapers
  • Catalogues
  • Phone directories

Where it goes and what happens to it: 

The British Heart Foundation collects these items and sells them in their shops to raise funds for the charity.

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. Instead take your items home and try again later or use another bank. Leaving bags on the pavement outside the recycling bank is fly-tipping, and you could be fined for doing so.
  • 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.