West Oxfordshire District Council has asked residents to look out for changes to bin collection dates and to recycle as much as possible over the festive season.
Collection crews are gearing up for their busiest time of year and WODC is encouraging everyone to recycle all of their extra waste, from wrapping paper and cards to leftover Christmas dinner, cooking oil and real Christmas trees.
While residents can continue to use their black boxes, they can also put excess items for recycling out in open cardboard boxes or carrier bags if they run out of space. They can also leave out their kitchen caddy alongside their normal food waste bin if they have additional food waste.
More trucks will be out on the roads to pick up the extra recycling over the Christmas and New Year period.
Councillor David Harvey, WODC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Last Christmas, there were 300 tonnes of extra waste put out for landfill and this cost £27,000 of taxpayers’ money to dispose of.
“We appreciate that everyone has more waste at this time of year, but there is a fully comprehensive recycling service which enables people to recycle most items and we urge everyone to make the most of this.
“Not only is it better for the environment, it will help to save taxpayers’ money too.”
In West Oxfordshire, recycling is sorted at the kerbside by collection crews, however, during the busy festive season some ‘co-mingled’ trucks may be in use which means all items will be collected together. The items will be sorted locally afterwards and everything will still be recycled.
Excess waste can also be taken to local household waste and recycling centres.
Garden waste collections will not run between 20 December and 4 January. Normal collections resume Monday 5 January 2015.
To find out more, including full details of what can be recycled in West Oxfordshire, see the WODC website or call 01993 861000.