- all clean paper
- window envelopes
- writing paper
- dirty paper
- greasy paper
- mouldy paper
- laminated or waxed paper
- paper with glitter, glue or ribbons
- shredded paper
On this page you will find information about your green recycling bin. Recycling is collected every 2 weeks. Find out your next recycling collection day.
Only place the following in your recycling bin/box:
There’s no need to check the plastic type. Squash the bottle and put the lid back on (loose lids are too small for processing).
Everything must be:
Visit the following pages to find out how you can recycle more from your doorstep and around the city.
The recycling lorry takes the waste to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). Inside the MRF, the waste is emptied and sorted into the different types of material. These sorted materials are then sent to factories to turn the old waste into new items:
For answers to frequently asked questions about recycling in Portsmouth, check out our mythbuster page.
For details on how to put your recycling bin out for collection, please read our guidelines online.
Before your green wheelie bin was replaced with a smaller bin or box, you would have received a warning letter through your letterbox to explain bins are only allowed on the pavement on the day of collection and the evening before, after 7pm.
What happens now:
Please note, we will not replace your current container for a bigger one.
You can use your new recycling container(s) straight away and hope you find the smaller container will be more practical to take off the pavement at the end of your collection day. If you feel it is still too big, you can go online to request we replace your container with a smaller one (Request a recycling bin)
If you can’t fit all your recycling in your new container, you can: