Portsmouth household waste and recycling centre to reopen

Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change Councillor Dave Ashmore announced today that Portsmouth's household waste and recycling centre (HWRC) will reopen on Monday 11 May from 10am-4pm for essential use with restrictions in place to maintain the safety of staff and customers.




Along with household waste facilities up and down the country, the Port Solent facility closed at the end of March after the government escalated restrictions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Cllr Ashmore said "I'm pleased to report that Portsmouth City Council has been working with Hampshire County Council, Southampton Council, and others to design a way for residents to access the Port Solent site safely. There will be certain restrictions to allow residents to dispose of waste they cannot safely store at home until the end of the lockdown". 

He pressed that it was vital residents view the details of the restrictions before loading their vehicles and attempting to access the site. The intention is that the facility is only used by those unable to store materials safely in their current location. To make sure the site is not overwhelmed, compromising the carefully planned safety measures, only vehicles with registration plates ending in a certain number will be able to access the site each day. 

Cllr Ashmore explained further; "We know how important it is to residents and have been working to ensure that it is as safe as possible and that we are following government guidance. The HWRC will be operating very differently than usual and residents must read the guidance on the council's website before they visit."

The measures in place at Port Solent and across Hampshire's network of HWRCs are:


Restricted numbers of vehicles will be permitted to access the site at any one time and staff will enforce this at the site entrance. Check the council website which day your vehicle can go.

The site is open for essential disposal of waste only. If you can safely store your waste without risk of injury or to health, do not attend the HWRC. Please keep your waste until restrictions are lifted.  
  If you or anyone in your household has had COVID19 symptoms in the last 14 days, you should not travel to or enter the HWRC. After this period, any COVID-19 contaminated waste should be double-bagged and put aside for 72 hours before being brought to site.
  Check the website for the full list of restrictions. If you do not pass them, please do not attend the site. 

Everyone must always keep at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.


As far as possible, only one person per household should visit the HWRC.


As per government guidelines, residents in the specified vulnerable category (those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people over 70 and pregnant women) are strongly advised not to visit the site.


Bring only to the HWRC that which you will be able to carry from your car to the disposal containers. Staff will not be able to offer assistance in order to preserve social distancing for yours and their safety. 


No trailers. Enforcement of social distancing on-site means severely reduced capacity for manoeuvring trailers. Vans should be bringing no more waste than that which would fit in an average saloon car boot


Check before loading your vehicle the items you wish to dispose of will be accepted. Some processors have shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely that some materials outlets may not be available in the short term. Please check the website before your visit to see if any specific material is not able to be accepted temporarily. The site cannot receive chargeable waste – soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboard.


Further details (please check council website before loading your vehicle or attending site)

  • There will be staff at the entrance to each site, wearing a body camera, to manage the flow of vehicles. Security staff will be deployed at all sites and there will be a zero-tolerance approach to any form of abuse.
  • New temporary barriers will be in place at the entrance to each site and used to mark out new parking arrangements with site staff guiding vehicles, from a safe distance, into spaces
  • Reuse sales areas will remain closed. Where possible, please continue to store items of furniture which could be reused, donate to local furniture charities, or use online platforms (e.g. Freegle / Facebay / Gumtree). Please see the Smart Living website for more information on furniture reuse.

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