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Little Change for Waste Collections over the Festive Season

Residents in West Oxfordshire district will see no change to their rubbish, food waste and recycling collection days over the forthcoming Christmas and New Year break, although the garden waste service will be temporarily suspended.

Ubico, West Oxfordshire District Council’s waste contractor, will be out picking up refuse bins and emptying recycling containers, Monday through to Friday, including on the three bank holidays, making it simpler for householders to dispose of their rubbish and recycling, such as glass, paper, foil and card.

However, garden waste bins will have to wait until Monday 10 January before being emptied once the service is paused from 27 December.

Councillor Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council said: “In the main, households will see little change to their waste collections this year, with crews out picking up refuse, food waste and recycling as normal.  To support these services, which are under increased pressure at this time of year, we are suspending the garden waste service and redeploying the staff and vehicles to assist the other rounds where the volume of waste is greatest.

To make sure no collections are missed, we are reminding residents to have their containers out promptly at the kerbside for 6am as householders may find crews get to their property earlier than they are used to, due to having the extra teams out.

We would urge residents to keep up their good work when it comes to recycling, particularly over Christmas and New Year when there is so much more waste. With no delays in the emptying of bins this year, there should be less reason for recyclables to end up in the refuse but equally, to keep up the quality of West Oxfordshire’s recycling, please only put in items that you know can be recycled in to the blue-lidded bin and check beforehand if you are unsure.”

Additional recycling – except glass which must be presented in a kerbside box – can be put out in clear bags which are available from the Town Centre Shop in Welch Way, Witney.

Small amounts of flattened cardboard, no larger than A3 in size, will be taken if stacked tidily beside the recycling bin.  Due to capacity on the trucks, any extra must not exceed the equivalent of a recycling box worth.

When the garden waste service resumes on Monday 10 January, the district council will collect real Christmas trees presented at the kerb on the scheduled garden waste collection, up to Monday 31 January, for all households. This is regardless of whether the property has a garden waste licence.

Small trees need to be put in the garden waste bin where available. Larger trees can be left outside of the bin but must be reduced to 2-3ft sections in order for crews to collect. All stands, lights and decorations must be removed first.

Christmas trees – along with excess refuse and recycling – can also be disposed of at the Dix Pit Household Recycling Centre at Stanton Harcourt.  The site is open 8.00am to 5.00pm daily but will shut at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. There is no need to book in advance. Visit Oxfordshire Recycles’ website for details: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling

For more information about West Oxfordshire District Council’s waste and recycling services, visit: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/