Contractor Biffa has begun a new refuse and recycling service for Portsmouth City Council by collecting refuse sacks weekly and dry recyclables fortnightly.
Biffa was awarded the £20m contract to provide Portsmouth’s refuse and recycling services earlier this year.
The council estimates the eight-year deal will save the city’s 200,000 residents more than £1m per year and raise the city’s recycling rate.
Portsmouth will also be the first local authority in Hampshire where the entire fleet of 21 vehicles will be powered by biodiesel produced from recycled cooking oil.
The KWIK Zip-mounted livery on the new vehicles includes a poem about recycling written by local resident Jim Marsh after he attended a recycling-at-home course arranged by the council.