Christmas changes to Portsmouth rubbish collections

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RUBBISH and recycling collections will take place one or two days early in the run up to Christmas.

Refuse collectors in Portsmouth will call on Saturday, December 19 instead of the homes they would normally call at on the following Monday.

And collections will take place the day before they normally do between December 22-24.

Portsmouth City Council has asked residents to recycle as much cardboard, paper, food and drink containers and plastic bottles as they can over the Christmas period, but says wrapping paper cannot be recycled.

There will be no change to services from December 28 to New Year’s Eve, but the collection that would have taken place on New Year’s Day will instead happen on January 2.

Rubbish and recycling needs to be put out of the front of the property by 7am on the morning of collection, but no earlier than 7pm the night before. Small unwanted electrical items can be placed in a plastic bag and left with green bins on recycling day.

Additional glass collections from the blue bottle banks will be made over the holiday fortnight.

Special bulky collections will be suspended for two weeks from December 15 and will resume again on January 5.

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