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Refuse/recycling collection over Christmas

West Oxfordshire District Council reports:

Extra recycling can be put out next to your boxes in open carrier bags.
Please ensure there is only one material per bag ie plastics or paper or card. For health and safety reasons, glass must go in your recycling box.

Christmas tree recycling: From 16 January you can recycle your real
Christmas trees and festive greenery such as holly and ivy using the free garden waste service. Remove the pot and decorations and place in your garden waste bin, or cut it up and leave it beside it. If you are not signed up for garden waste collections, you can still put your Christmas tree out on your green collection week.

Please ensure your bins and boxes are out from 6am on your collection day.

Garden waste collections will not be running from 24 December until 15 January 2012 to enable the bin crews to concentrate on picking up all the excess waste and recycling generated during the busy festive period.

Additional trucks will be used for approximately 3 weeks after Christmas to cope with extra recycling. Not all the trucks are 'kerbside sorters' so a few will
collect all materials and deposit them in the back of a conventional refuse
collection vehicle. All materials collected will be recycled and delivered to a
Materials Resource Facility and sorted there, rather than at the contractors own recycling plant in Downs Road, Witney.

Tip opening hours:

  • 24 December: 8am - 3pm
  • 25-26 December: Closed
  • 27-30 December: 8am - 5pm
  • 31 December: 8am - 3pm
  • 1 January 2012: Closed

(Thanks to Glena Chadwick for additional info.)

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 20 Dec 2011, 17:23 · Link

Local writer publishes groundbreaking research in the BMJ

Walcot resident Dr Rob Stepney - already renowned for his pioneering research into the effects of smoking - today published another piece of groundbreaking research in the British Medical Journal. You can hear him talking about it on Radio 4's 'Today' programme ('The dangers of life in The Archers'):

Edward Fenton · Fri 16 Dec 2011, 12:10 · Link

More DVDs added to ChOC's stall

Secondhand DVDs recently added to ChOC's DVD stall include the complete Laurel and Hardy, Dean Spanley, the complete 40 hours of 'Allo 'Allo, and the combined complete series of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister.

Look now at

Jon Carpenter · Thu 15 Dec 2011, 15:24 · Link

Road gritting information

Wednesday update: no gritting tonight. For the official page, see .

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 13 Dec 2011, 18:18 · Link

Library Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet decided yesterday to accept the latest proposal that Charlbury should find volunteers to cover more than 50% of the opening hours. This is despite the Town Council and the Friends of the Library telling them it is unworkable. We have the best supported Friends group in the County according to the Consultation analysis (127 members or potential members, the next having 71). Only 11 of these wished to volunteer and the Friends know of only 8 from the forms left in the library. We shall ask OCC to send representatives to the Friends AGM on 6 February 2012 to explain how they will solve this discrepancy.

Amanda Epps · Tue 13 Dec 2011, 12:10 · Link

New coffee man at the Station

Just to let you all know that Grant has just opened a coffee and lots more outlet at the station - its called Kookaburrows. Lets all give him our business so that he stays!

Susie Finch · Mon 12 Dec 2011, 12:50 · Link

Library Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council have announced that the reduction in professional staffing for Charlbury Library will be one half instead of two-thirds. This is good news but could be better as Woodstock, with a similar population still retains two-thirds staffing and no logical explanation for this difference has been given. This decision has to be confirmed by the Cabinet and full Council. The Friends of Charlbury Library will be making representations for all libraries serving similar service hubs (places with shops, doctor's surgeries, vets, dentists, Post Offices etc.) to be treated equally.

Amanda Epps · Fri 2 Dec 2011, 12:47 · Link

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