Incorrect items in the recycling bin are called contamination. These are expensive to remove at the sorting facility. So as part of their routine, the recycling collection crew checks the top layer of your recycling bin before emptying it.
If the crew see non-recyclable items in the bin they will not empty it. They will leave a red hanger on the handle of the bin. This will also be recorded on the vehicle’s on-board computer system.
If your recycling has been left, please check:
- the contents of the bin
- the hanger on the recycling bin
- or see more information on the recycling page.
The most common type of non-recyclable items found in recycling bins are:
- plastic pots
- plastic tubs
- plastic trays
- carrier bags.
Some items cause even bigger problems, and could ruin other items in the recycling bin. This includes
- rubbish bags
If the crew spots any of these items your recycling won’t be collected.
Your next collection
Please remove any non-recyclable items from the recycling bin before your next collection. You can place extra recycling in a cardboard box alongside your bin on your next collection.
For answers to frequently asked questions about recycling in Portsmouth, check out our mythbusting page.
Sometimes, the collection crew do miss bins by accident. If this happens please call 023 9284 1105 or report a missed collection online.