Rubbish allowance

Students must comply with our guidelines, including the rubbish allowance for their property.

As standard, Portsmouth households are given a 140-litre rubbish wheelie bin. If they don’t have a bin, they have an allowance of up to three bags. Large student households and HMOs (houses in multiple occupancy) may be allowed a larger bin or more bags based on the size of the household. You must be recycling fully to qualify for a bigger allowance.

If you would like to discuss your current rubbish allowance, please phone us on 023 9284 1105 or email

There’s more information on what can be recycled from home and your nearest recycling bank (including glass and textile banks).

End of academic term/year

It is students’ responsibility to legally dispose of their waste. When leaving a property, you will need to follow our rubbish and recycling guidelines.

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.

See our webpage on managing unwanted items when moving home for more information.