NEW recycling service changes 2017
As our current contract is ending, we’re making some important changes to how your household recycling is collected.
Changes from October
- Fortnightly household recycling collections, instead of weekly. (Food waste will still be collected every week).
- You will be given a blue-lidded wheelie bin for the majority of your recycling – aerosols, cans, tins, card, cartons, foil, paper and plastic bottles / tubs.
- Glass bottles / jars and unwanted small electrical items (see below) will need to go in separate recycling boxes. Alternatively, these can be taken to one of our recycling centres.
What’s happening and when
|July||Letter sent to all householders explaining service changes.|
|Mid July - September||Start of new wheelie bin deliveries.
If you haven't received yours by 9 September please contact us.
|September||Recycling guide and collection calendars sent to all properties.
Please check carefully in case your collection day has changed.
|October||New service begins. Ubico takes over from Kier (old contractor).|
NEW! Small electrical items
Small unwanted electrical items, such as kettles, hairdryers and mobile phones, will be recycled from your home from October. Just pop them one of your empty black boxes on your recycling collection day.
From October here’s how your bin collections will look:
You can also recycle textiles, shoes, small electrical items, non-rechargeable batteries, car batteries, cooking oil and engine oil on your green week. Look out for your recycling guide with more information in September.
Recycling changes - your questions answered
Bin and boxes…
What will the new recycling bin look like?
Dark grey with a blue lid. It will hold 240 litres (H:105cm x W:58cm x D:72cm)
Why do I need to separate glass?
Because glass is abrasive and damages vehicles and recycling equipment. It will be emptied into a different, reinforced compartment on our collection vehicle and recycled separately.
What can I do with my unwanted recycling boxes?
You can use them as you wish about the home, eg keep them for storage, use in the garden etc. (Don’t forget, you will need to put your glass and unwanted small electrical items out in separate recycling boxes).
What if my property isn’t suitable for a recycling wheelie bin?
If you are concerned about storage space, contact us (details below). We will visit and assess the suitability of your property for a wheelie bin.
The recycling bin will not be big enough – can I have a bigger one?
The shape and size of the wheelie bin (240L) means you can fit in more items than in the boxes. It’s the equivalent to about 5 recycling boxes. Plus your glass (and any small electrical items) needs to be put out in recycling boxes. If you’re still struggling after the new service starts, please contact us.
Will my collection day and / or time change?
Possibly. There may be some collection changes because:
- We’ll be looking at the collection rounds to make them more efficient. Look out for your calendar, due by 22 September, for more information.
- Different vehicles will be used to collect your waste and recycling. Please ensure your bins and boxes are out by 6am on your collection day. (It should be collected by 4pm).
Why are you swapping to a wheelie bin?
- Our streets will be cleaner with less litter blown after recycling collections
- Greater capacity to recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, aerosols, tins, cans and foil as they can all be put together in one bin
- The wheelie bin will last much longer than the boxes so we will not need to replace them as often, which saves money.
Why are we getting fewer recycling collections?
Recycling will be collected fortnightly but the shape and size of the wheelie bin (240L) means you can fit in more items than in the boxes. It’s equivalent in space to about 5 recycling boxes. Plus your glass (and any small electrical items) needs to be put in your recycling boxes.
Where can I take my recycling if I don’t want a wheelie bin?
- To our local recycling banks; or
- Oxfordshire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (council tips).
Will I be able to recycle anything else?
Yes! Glass bottles and jars, textiles, shoes, non-rechargeable batteries, small electrical items, cooking oil and engine oil will be collected if left out on your recycling day. Please ensure they’re put out in the following ways:
|Items||How to recycle|
|Glass bottles and jars||In black recycling box|
|Small electrical items||In black recycling box (separate to glass)|
|Textiles and shoes||In a bag (clear if possible) at side of recycling bin|
|Cooking oil||In a separate, sealed and labelled plastic container (5 litre max) at side of recycling bin|
|Engine oil||In a separate, sealed and labelled plastic container (5 litre max) at side of recycling bin|
|Batteries (non-rechargeable)||In a labelled, used envelope on top of your recycling bin|
|Car batteries||Contact us to arrange free collection|