You need to have an appointment to visit the Portsmouth HWRC and reuse sales area.
You can now bring certain chargeable waste to the HWRC. You can find a list of accepted/unaccepted materials and charges on the Hampshire County Council Hampshire County Council website. Only card payments will be accepted.
Booking an appointment to visit the HWRC
You must have an appointment to visit the Portsmouth HWRC. If you visit without an appointment, you will be turned away.
You can book up to three trips to Portsmouth HWRC in a week (Monday to Sunday).
Dates further than seven days ahead will show as unavailable.
Getting a permit for your van
If you want to use your own van/works van, please ensure you have a permit from Portsmouth City Council to visit the Portsmouth site. You can’t use a Hampshire permit to enter the Portsmouth site. Permits to use the Portsmouth site are for Portsmouth residents only. Residents outside of Portsmouth can’t get a permit to visit the Portsmouth site and will need to get a Hampshire permit to visit other Hampshire sites.
Other Hampshire sites have different specifications. If you would like to visit another site in Hampshire please visit Hampshire County Council for details.
Availability of time slots
There will be a limited amount of appointments available every day.
Between 1 March and 31 March 2022, the opening hours will be 9am to 5pm.
Between 1 April and 30 September 2022, the opening hours will be 9am to 6pm.
Our booking system is now available for you to make appointments.
To book an appointment online, locate your HWRC and complete the requested information. You will need to enter the registration of the vehicle you will be bringing to the site. If you bring a different vehicle to the site you will be turned away.
When you book online, we will also ask you to provide your email address. We will use this to email you confirmation of your booking.
Appointments are shown in half hour slots – this is not the amount of time you have to unload your vehicle, as other vehicles will be booked within the same time slot. Please unload as quickly as safe to do so.
Any information you provide will be automatically deleted after 14 days. Your information will not be used for any other purpose. Read our privacy notice
Before you visit
Before you travel, make sure you have:
- Booked an appointment
- Checked travel times and any restrictions which may affect your journey
- Checked you have a valid permit if your vehicle requires one. Permit holders must have their permits with them or they will be turned away.
- Have your booking confirmation available for site staff to check. This is especially important if you have booked an appointment on the same day as you are visiting.
Do not turn up early – there are no breaks between time slots and people from earlier slots may still be on site. Site staff may ask you to re-join the queue or return at your stated appointment time. If you arrive late, site staff may turn you away.
If you cannot attend your appointment, please cancel your appointment so it is available to others.
When you arrive
- Please be patient if you have to queue
- Listen to the site staff for instructions on using the site safely
- If you require assistance, please ask a member of staff.
- Social distancing on site is encouraged as well as the use of masks.
If you no longer need your slot or need to amend your booking
- You can cancel your booking by clicking the link in your confirmation email. If you do not have internet access or need to amend your booking, you can do this by phone on 0300 555 1389
For address, phone number (no booking available on this line) and a list of waste accepted – please visit the Portsmouth HWRC information page.
Materials that aren't accepted
Please visit the Hampshire County Council website for full list of accepted/unaccepted materials and charges.
Restrictions on site
- To ensure the safety of residents and site staff, no walking in of waste is permitted. However bikes can now book using the booking system – please visit the Hampshire County Council website for more details.
- Restricted numbers of vehicles will be permitted to access the site at any one time and site staff will enforce this at the site entrance.
Commercial vehicles are permitted if it is a residents-only means of transport and have a valid van permit.
Please note there is likely to be queuing at the sites, please be patient. There will be zero tolerance of abuse of site staff and staff will be wearing body cameras.
Frequently asked questions
Is the reuse sales area open?
Yes, the reuse sales area is open to visitors with an appointment. Book an appointment online
Why are you introducing a booking system?
The re-opening of the retail sector will lead to more traffic entering the Port Solent site. In order to manage the demand and reduce queueing traffic, we decided to join the booking system introduced by Hampshire County Council.
How long in advance can I book an appointment?
Appointments can be booked 7 days in advance. Appointments will be available in half hour time slots between 9am and 6pm. Dates further than 7 days in advance will be shown as unavailable. We expect demand for appointments to be high so please be patient if you cannot get a slot straight away. We are working to enable as many residents as possible to safely visit the HWRCs.
How do I cancel my booking?
It’s easy to cancel a booking if you change your mind or can’t make a slot any more. As long as you cancel your slot the day before, we can allocate it to someone else who needs it. You can cancel your booking by clicking the link in your confirmation email. If you don’t have internet access you can do this by phone on 0300 555 1389.
Will I still need to queue once I get to the site?
There is a limited number of spaces available for each half hour time slot, however there may still be a queue to enter the site.
What time do I need to arrive?
Appointment bookings are shown in 30-minute time slots. This does not mean you have 30 minutes to unload as other vehicles will be booked within the same time slot. The 30-minute time slot means you should arrive within that 30-minute window. For example, if you booked an appointment in a 0900-0930 time slot you cannot arrive earlier than 0900 or later than 0930. We ask residents to unload as quickly and safely as possible.
What if I am early or late for my time slot?
There are no breaks between time slots and people from earlier slots may still be on site. Site staff may ask you to re-join the queue or return at your stated appointment time. If you arrive late, site staff may turn you away.
What if I want to hire a vehicle and don’t know the vehicle registration at the time of booking?
When booking online, put ‘HIRE VAN or HIRE VEHICLE’ in the vehicle registration field and the site will have that information to hand when you arrive. Please make sure you have your hire agreement/documentation with you when you visit.
Can I use my van?
Please ensure you have a permit from Portsmouth City Council to visit the Portsmouth site. You cannot use a Hampshire permit to enter the Portsmouth site. Permits to use the Portsmouth site are for Portsmouth residents only. Residents outside of Portsmouth cannot get a permit to visit the Portsmouth site and will need to get a Hampshire permit to visit other Hampshire sites. To apply for a permit to visit the Portsmouth site, please fill our online form. If you require a permit to visit other Hampshire sites please visit the Hampshire County Council webpage.
Does my vehicle need to be registered?
I will need assistance to carry my waste, can staff help me?
If you require assistance, please ask a member of staff. Alternatively, you can take a member of your household with you to help with heavy or bulky item.
I don’t have a car so I can only walk in waste, why is this not allowed?
The practice of pedestrians walking into HWRCs has always been discouraged and we would always politely advise that waste is not walked into any site. However bikes can now book using the booking system.
How many cars will you let in at a time?
A restricted number of vehicles will be permitted to access the site at any one time to ensure that social distancing is maintained and site staff will enforce this at the site entrance. The exact number will vary on a site to site basis depending on the size and layout of the sites.
Do I need to handle my waste differently than usual?
We recommend that residents wear gloves and sturdy shoes for their own safety.
Avoid a trip to HWRC
Did you know you can get your garden waste collected fortnightly for a fee? Visit the Green Waste Club for more information.