Recycling

Recycling collections are fortnightly and take place between 6am (May to August) 7am (September to April) and 6pm.

Households with individual bins have a green wheeled bin for recycling.

Households who share communal bins have a large blue bin with a yellow lid for recycling.

What we collect

Recycling must be clean, dry and loose in your bin and not in any type of plastic bag.

In your green recycling bin:

  • Paper, newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes
  • Telephone directories, brochures and catalogues
  • Cardboard (Flatten larger cardboard boxes and put next to your bin. Ideally, sellotape should be removed)
  • Greeting cards (without glitter or ribbon)
  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins (please rinse clean)
  • Plastic bottles, including drink, milk, shampoo, cleaning products (lids can be left on, but wash and squash bottles first)
  • Aerosol cans, unless they have a hazard symbol ('skull and cross bones' logo or a black cross on an orange background, such as oven cleaner)

In your glass box (green) or bin (red)

What we don't collect

  • Batteries
  • Vapes and eCigarettes
  • Plastic packaging (yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays)
  • Plastic carrier bags and black sacks
  • Aluminium foil
  • Polystyrene/Thermocol
  • Gift wrap
  • Glass bottles and jars. There is a separate glass collection service.
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Shredded paper

Some items that can't be collected can still be recycled. You can take your clothes, shoes, books, aluminium foil and other items to one of our recycling sites. There is also the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road which accepts an even greater range of recyclable material, including batteries, fluorescent lamps, wood and green garden waste.

Ordering sacks or bins for extra recycling

If you have more recycling than usual we can send you two clear recycling sacks. Put these out next to your recycling bin on collection day.

Request clear recycling sacks


If you have the smaller 140 litre green recycling bin you can exchange this free of charge for the larger 240 litre bin.

Request a larger 240 litre bin


If you regularly fill your recycling bin, you can order an extra bin or box.

Order an extra recycling bin/box

Plastic recycling

What plastic can I recycle?

All types of plastic bottles can be recycled. From shampoo and shower gel to drinks bottles and those containing cleaning products, if it's a plastic bottle - pop it in your recycling bin.

Find out what you can put in your green recycling bin by taking a look at our video

Why can't we recycle mixed plastics?

Mixed recycling collected in Hampshire is sorted at one of two Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), 97% of plastic bottles are made of two plastic polymer types (PET and HDPE). Our MRFs can sort these bottles from other materials using infra-red light. Other plastic packaging types (pots, tubs, trays and films) are made of different polymers. Unfortunately, there are currently limited markets available for these plastic types. If we were to collect them, there is no guarantee that they could be recycled or processed in the UK at this time.

We continue to monitor markets and are seeking ways of increasing the range of items that we can accept for recycling. In the meantime, we recover value from all black bag rubbish by safely incinerating it at one of three Energy Recovery Facilities in the county. This creates enough electricity to power 50,000 homes every year. As a result, Hampshire sends less than 10% of all household waste to landfill.

Unfortunately due to a drop in the market for recycling mixed plastics we had to close the plastic recycling banks in 2018.

You can still continue to recycle clean plastic bottles including drink bottles, milk bottles, shampoo and bleach bottles in your kerbside green bin and place all other plastics in your grey waste bin. Any plastic that is not a bottle should be placed in your grey bin.

How can I reduce the amount of plastic I use?

In addition to reducing the use of plastics in our everyday lives, here are some top tips to use less plastic:

  • Take a look at what plastic you’re throwing away every day and ask yourself if you really need it. For example, to keep leftover food fresh cover it with a plate or a bowl instead of cling film.
  • Avoid excess food packaging – farm shops, greengrocers, markets and larger supermarkets offer loose fruit and vegetables. Choose unpackaged items where possible to reduce plastic use.
  • Swap disposable for reusable. Take a reusable cup when you go to buy your daily coffee or tea. Take your own reusable bag when shopping instead of using plastic bags and bring your own knife and fork to work for any takeaway lunches.
  • Say no to plastic straws – when going out for a drink refuse plastic straws and instead encourage pubs and cafes to use cardboard straws.
  • Take time to dine in – seek out unpackaged food wherever possible, make your own ‘real food’ whenever you can, or take the time to dine in instead of getting takeaway food in plastic containers.

Recycling symbols

Symbols now appear on packaging advising consumers and promoting environmental claims. With packaging often being produced for a worldwide market, there can be some confusion about what each symbol means.

Find out about recycling symbols on the Recycle for Hampshire website

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