Portsmouth’s rubbish collection days have changed

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RUBBISH collection days have changed across Portsmouth, under a new scheme from the city’s waste contractor.

Biffa, which started its contract with Portsmouth City Council last month, has been promoting its new collection system via calendars and magazines delivered to houses, the council’s website, roadshows and in The News.

The changes, details of which are also available from the city council’s helpdesk, will apply only to houses.

Communal collections for blocks of flats will continue to take place on the days they have done previously.

The contract Biffa signed, which won it the right to take over from the city’s previous waste collection firm, Veolia, saved the council £1m.

It has also introduced a fleet of collection vehicles which run on biofuel made from recycled cooking oil.

Council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘I understand that the initial changes to the collection days will inconvenience some residents.

‘However this change will save council tax payers over £1m per year and we are also keeping a weekly rubbish collection.

‘Please help us by reminding your neighbours about the change in collection day – especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.’

Residents can check their collection day by entering their postcode at portsmouth.gov.uk/waste or calling the city helpdesk.

For more information contact the helpdesk on (023) 9283 4092 or email cityhelp desk@portsmouth.gov.uk