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Bigger, better community recycling centres

A programme to clean up and improve West Oxfordshire's 21 community recycling centres has increased their capacity by more than 40 per cent. In addition up to nine different categories of recyclable materials can now be deposited at them.

West Oxfordshire District Council and its waste contractors, Veolia, have steam cleaned over 180 waste bins, repaired and repainted fencing, put up new signs and bought 70 additional bins. £12,000 towards the cost of the programme has come from the Government's WRAP funding scheme.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment said:- “We hope people will be encouraged to recycle more when they see that their local collection centre is being kept safer, cleaner and easier to use than ever before.

“Please tell us when bins are getting full and report any fly-tipping online by emailing enquiries @westoxon.gov.uk or calling 01993 861000.”

New signs stress that the centres are for household waste collections only. They also emphasise West Oxfordshire District Council's policy and enforcement programme against fly-tipping.

Most of the sites can accept cardboard, paper, glass, food and drink cans/tins, plastics, textiles, books and shoes for recycling.

Four sites now also have bins to collect tetra packs – (eg fruit juice cartoons). These are at Sainsbury's and Woodford Road in Witney, the Co-op in Carterton and at Back Lane, Eynsham. This new service will be monitored and extended to more sites if the level of take-up justifies it.

Non-recyclable refuse, commercial waste such as building rubble and garden refuse must be taken one of the tips run by Oxford County Council at Stanton Harcourt or Chadlington.

Posted : 23/01/2008 17:04:32

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