Bin collection rules are set to change in Portsmouth - here's how

RUBBISH collection in Portsmouth is set to return to normal, after residents were allowed extra bin bags over lockdown.

By Fiona Callingham
Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:58 am

As restrictions ease regular waste collection services in Portsmouth will resume, following a relaxation in the allowance over the past few months to help people to stick to the stay at home order.

From April 19, only rubbish contained in the black bin or three black bags will be collected by the bin crew. For residents with a black wheelie bin, it should be filled with bagged rubbish and the lid of the bin must close to be accepted.

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Colette Hill, assistant director of neighbourhoods at Portsmouth City Council, said: 'We relaxed the allowance for rubbish during lockdown when more people were spending time at home.

'We are now on the road out of lockdown and returning services to the way they were before lockdown. We understand that there will be a period of adjustment and there are options available if you have extra rubbish.

'We thank you for your understanding and co-operation as we head out of lockdown.'

However, this will not apply to larger households where extra capacity has already been agreed.

If extra bags need to be collected, stickers can be purchased that will allow these to be taken as well. Stickers cost £24 for a sheet of 12, and should be placed on every extra bag that is put out.

To buy these stickers, contact the council's recycling and rubbish team on 023 9284 1105.

If extra rubbish needs to be taken regularly, contact the team to be assessed for a bigger bin or additional capacity for those placing out bags on the same number or complete the form on the website at

Throughout lockdown the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Port Solent has remained open and can be used for disposal of extra waste but booking an appointment is essential.

There are appointments available every day from 9am to 6pm. Visit the website to book a slot:

As reported, an extra 10,000 homes in Portsmouth are set to join the city’s food waste trial soon.

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