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New wheelie bins arrive in the next few weeks

Charlbury's new wheelie bins are expected to arrive from next week.

According to West Oxfordshire District Council: "Next week residents will start to receive new wheelie bins for their rubbish collections in preparation for the District’s improved waste and recycling service starting later this year.

"Sending waste to landfill sites is costly and this cost is rising each year. Not only do council tax payers need to foot the bill for disposal costs and tax on every tonne of waste that ends up in the landfill site, but exceeding set landfill allowances will incur penalties. Currently we are recycling around 34% of waste in West Oxfordshire, under the new service with the inclusion of both garden and kitchen waste recycling, this rate can be doubled and it will reduce landfill costs significantly.

"The new light grey bins will be delivered between 20 September and 8 October 2010 in advance of the new service being introduced by West Oxfordshire District Council in late November. Residents can use their new light grey wheelie bins straightaway for household waste that cannot be recycled. Their old black wheelie bin will become their garden waste bin ready for the new free, fortnightly garden waste collections starting in November, if they have signed up for this service.

"If they haven’t yet signed up for garden waste collections, there is still time to do so, or if they do not want this service they can contact us and we will collect their old wheelie bins for re-use elsewhere."

The new service will comprise:

  • New weekly food waste recycling collections
  • Continuation of weekly 'black box' recycling collections
  • Fortnightly free garden waste collections alternating with fortnightly household rubbish collections

Anyone who has not received their new household rubbish bin by 8 October is asked to contact the Council online at or by calling 01993 861025. The same address/phone number should be used for signing up for the garden waste scheme. Food waste containers will be delivered at the beginning of November. All householders will receive an information pack and calendar, detailing their collection days, before the service starts.

Household rubbish will continue to be picked up weekly until the new waste and recycling service begins week commencing 22 November.

We asked WODC what the situation would be for Charlbury residents, particularly in the town centre, who don't have anywhere to store a wheelie bin and therefore still use black sacks. Carys Davies from the press office replied:

"The Council has written to all black sack users. Those without access (front, back or side) to store a bin will continue with black sack collections. At the moment our contractor is only able to collect garden waste from wheelie bins, but if this situation changes we will be writing to those on black sacks.

"However, some properties have been using black sacks because the waste collection lorries have been too big to gain access to the property. Our new contractor has more suitable vehicles to collect from difficult to reach properties and so we have reassessed these properties and written to these people to inform them that they will now have a wheelie bin."

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 16 Sep 2010, 16:17 · Link

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