New Recycling Guide Hampshire

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Hampshire recycles more than 100.000 tons of waste material each year via kerbside collections throughout the county.

Although not all recyclables are collected kerbside, there are many recycling banks and household waste centres which accept a variety of other materials and items for recycling, as will be explained later in this guide.

Click here if you are interested in finding out what happens to the goods you recycle!


When it comes to household recycling for kerbside collection, the following five main categories of items are accepted:


Tins and Cans

  • Steel and aluminium tins and cans are collected, such as drink cans, food tins, pet food cans, baked bean tins, etc. Ideally rinse them out before putting them in the recycling bin.



  • Empty aerosol cans (eg. deodorant, air freshener
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    Empty Aerosols

    hair spray) are fine for kerbside collections. Try to remove any plastic caps or nozzles first.

  • Cardboard packaging such as cereal boxes and food cartons can be put in your recycling box. Large boxes should be broken down and flattened.
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    Waste paper

  •  All sorts of paper can be added to the recycling box, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, catalogues, and envelopes. Please no shredded paper or gift wrap.


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    Plastic bottles

    Plastic bottles of all descriptions are welcome, such as drink bottles, milk bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning fluid bottles etc. etc. Please rinse them out and remove the lids. No other plastic packaging is accepted; it must be a bottle!



Food and Garden Waste

Hampshire residents are encouraged to compost their food and green garden waste. To purchase a discount home composting bin call 0844 571 4444 or visit the Get Composting website.

Green waste can be taken to any Hampshire Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) from where it is taken to a facility to be turned into Pro-Grow Soil Conditioner.

 Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hampshire

Click here to find your nearest HWRC by postcode.

Note: Recycling centres open seven days a week all year round, except for 25 and 26 December, and 1 January.

Opening hours are generally:


  • 8am-7pm from 1 April to 30 September
  • 8am-4pm from 1 October to 28 February
  • 8am-5pm from 1 March to 31 March

What’s accepted:

Most of the HWRCs listed below accept the following materials/items for recycling:

  • Animal waste (domestic animals only)
  • Batteries – car batteries
  • Batteries – disposable household batteries
  • Clothing
  • Electrical and electronic items
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste (green waste only)
  • Gas bottles (propane and butane only)
  • Glass – bottles and jars
  • Garden waste
  • Hazardous household waste eg. pesticides, white spirit, varnish and antifreeze
  • Lightbulbs (low energy type only)
  • Metal items
  • Newspapers, magazines and cardboard
  • Oil – engine oil
  • Paint
  • Plasterboard (small amounts)
  • Soil, rubble and DIY waste
  • Wood and timber


  • Animal waste – only two double-bagged bin liners will be accepted per household per day.
  • Hazardous household waste – only five litres will be accepted per household per month.
  • Paint – only five litres will be accepted per household per month.
  • Soil and rubble – only the the equivalent of a medium-sized car boot full of waste (approximately the contents of six 30 litre bags) will be accepted per household per month.
District/Authority site(s)
Basingstoke & Deane Basingstoke
East Hampshire AltonBordonPetersfield
Eastleigh EastleighFair OakHedge EndNetley
Fareham Segensworth
Gosport Gosport
Hart Hartley Wintney
Havant HavantHayling IslandWaterlooville
New Forest EffordMarchwoodSomerley
Rushmoor AldershotFarnborough
Test Valley AndoverCasbrook (Timsbury)
Winchester Bishops WalthamNew AlresfordWinchester
Portsmouth Portsmouth
Southampton Southampton