Leaving unwanted items on the pavement when moving out of your home could lead to enforcement action. If you live in a rented accommodation, leaving them in the house or flat may cost you your deposit, so make sure you have a plan.

The greenest way to dispose of things is to give them a chance at a second life, either by donating or selling. Here are some ideas to get started, and if you still have things to dispose of afterwards, we’ve got it covered at the end.


Items in good condition but no time to sell? Think about donating them.

Remember: Never leave donations on the floor by bring banks or outside charity shops. It’s fly-tipping and the donations may also get stolen or damaged by weather and animals.


  • Portsmouth Foodbank – drop-offs between 9am-2pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the King’s Church, Fraser Road, Southsea PO5 4QA or contact foodbank@thekings.church.
  • Give to friends and family

Top tip: Only donate non-perishable food in unopened tins, cans or packets to charities.


Some of Portsmouth’s local charities accepting good condition furniture:

Top tip: Any upholstered furniture will need to still have their Fire Safety 1988 label on.

Kitchen utensils, crockery, bedding, mattresses

  • Moving on Project Portsmouth – email sarah@movingonprojectportsmouth.co.uk to check what donations the charity currently needs. Drop-offs are at their unit in Grafton Street on Mondays and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

Top tip: Please make sure donations are clean and in good condition – they are going to individuals and families in need of a fresh start.

Textiles, Books, CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac

  • Local charity shops – Check out Palmerston Road, Osborne Road, Fratton Road and London Road
  • Over 100 textile and book banks in the city
  • Give away online – just search for Portsmouth (or Southsea) Freecycle

Find your nearest recycling point on our local recycling points page.


Advertise on online marketplaces. Local buy and sell pages on social media are the perfect place to start. And with in-person pick-ups, you don’t have to worry about packing and posting.


From home

Make the best use of your home bins by separating recyclable items.

  • Green recycling bin/box – Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tins, cans, aerosols
  • Small electricals – can be placed in a carrier bag on top of the recycling bin (not inside!) on collection day
  • Food waste caddy – food (cooked or raw) plus shredded paper and cut flowers

Around Portsmouth

  • Glass – Bottles and jars can go to glass banks (leave metal lids on!)
  • Metals – Scrap metal companies will often collect for free
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre (book here) – Most items accepted for free. There is also a reuse area to donate goods

Remember: Place your waste containers out for collection on the last collection day before you leave. Do not leave waste and containers on the pavement on non-collection days. Find your collection dates here.


  • Black rubbish wheelie bin – Non-recyclable weekly waste. Make sure you stick to your weekly rubbish allowance. Additional bags will not be taken
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre (book here) – any additional bags containing non-recyclable waste can also be taken to the site
  • Bulk waste collection – council collections start from £30 (some residents qualify for a free collection). Alternatively, you can search for a private waste collector.

Important: You are responsible for ensuring that your waste is disposed of legally, even after you have passed it on. If you pay anyone to dispose of your waste, you must ensure they are a licensed waste carrier. You can check on DEFRA’s website by searching their business name or address.

If you have any questions, please contact the recycling and rubbish team