Household recycling

Blue-lidded wheelie bins and black recycling boxes are provided to all households in West Oxfordshire. These are collected fortnightly (food waste is collected weekly).

Here’s how your bin collections look:

We'll collect recycling, glass, food and garden waste one week. And your rubbish and food waste the next.

Please ensure that your wheelie bin lid shuts fully and that all bins / boxes are put by the kerbside by 6am on your collection day and removed from public paths as soon as possible after collection.

Quick guide to recycling

Please rinse any food waste from items before putting out for recycling.

What can and cannot be recycledRecycling wheelie binRecycling box 1:
Recycling box 2:
Small electricals
Yes please Aerosols
Aluminium foil
Tins & cans
Card & cardboard
Cartons & Tetra paks
Paper (including magazines, newspaper, shredded paper)
Plastic tubs, food trays, bottles and tops
Glass bottles and glass jars For anything small which has:
- A plug
- Batteries
- Needs charging
For example:
Kettles, hairdryers,
mobile phones, radios etc

Please wrap and secure
cables with an elastic band or tape
No thank you Animal waste / cat litter
Bubble wrap, cling film
Crisp & sweet wrappers
Flyaway plastics eg carriers bags, plastic film
Food waste
Garden pots
Household rubbish
Jiffy bags
Pet food pouches

Broken glass
Drinking glasses
Light bulbs
Pyrex glass
Sheet glass
Anything larger than the recycling box
Television & computer screens

Other recyclable items

We will also collect the following items when put out with your recycling bin on your collection day:

ItemHow to recycle
Textiles & shoes In a carrier bag (clear if possible) alongside recycling bin
Cooking oil In a separate, sealed and labelled plastic container (5 litre max) alongside recycling bin
Engine oil In a separate, sealed and labelled plastic container (5 litre max) alongside recycling bin
Batteries In a labelled, used envelope on top of recycling bin lid
Car batteries Contact us to arrange free collection

For a more detailed list of what can be recycled in West Oxfordshire:

Unwanted black recycling boxes

These are good for storage in the loft or garden but if you do not want them you can either:

  • Drop your boxes into our offices / Town Centre Shop in Witney, or The Guildhall in Chipping Norton; or
  • Call 01993 861025 or complete our online form and we will arrange collection.

Bigger and smaller recycling bins - February 2018

If after flattening cardboard and squashing cans, tins and plastics you continually find you have excess recycling, you can apply for a larger bin. These will be available in February 2018.

Smaller bins will also be available from this date.

To register your interest, please call 01993 861025.

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West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB