Raising the bar in recycling

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year? We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60% but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire. 

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy. This sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer. Then, each council partner will adopt changes later in the year.

We want to do better at recycling and the new joint countywide waste strategy is critical to this. We know that on average over half of the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled by placing them in the other bins available. 

Through this consultation residents are being asked what would help them to reduce their overall waste consumption and recycle more. This includes expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on left-over food, upcycling clothing or donating or buying second hand goods. The councils are also seeking views on more radical schemes that have been implemented elsewhere in the country, such as changing bin sizes and collection frequency.

Your councils want your ideas about reducing, reusing and recycling our rubbish. Help them shape the future of waste and recycling services in Oxfordshire and tell them how they can help you recycle more – complete their survey by 18 February www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk

From SODC: Beat the winter blues with a rousing choir and orchestra performance

The Oxfordshire County Youth Big Band and Didcot Community Gospel Choir are both aiming to beat post-Christmas blues with a concert on 20 January to help a local homeless charity.

The cheerful charity concert is being organised by Councillor Jeannette Matelot, Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council, and will be raising money for Homeless Oxfordshire – a charity that helps people to find accommodation and supports their welfare.

Taking place at Cornerstone in Didcot, the first half of the evening will be a performance by the Oxfordshire County Youth Big Band.  Formed over 40 years ago, the band has grown into three progressive big bands and three smaller jazz groups.  The bands play a range of big band style music ranging from early Count Basie to more modern chart tunes. 

Didcot Community Gospel Choir will be performing during the second half.  The choir is up to 100 members and celebrating its 10thyear in 2018.

Councillor Jeannette Matelot, who has already raised over £700 for Homeless Oxfordshire, said, “I’m excited to hear the orchestra and the choir, both brilliant gifted groups.  I hope people are able to come along to enjoy and help raise money for those most in need of support and accommodation during the cold winter months.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 20 January with tickets available from Cornerstone box office on 01235 515444 or online via www.cornerstone-arts.org.  Prices are £15 per person and concessions £13.50.  

Christmas waste and recycling collections

Residents in Southern Oxfordshire are being reminded that their waste and recycling collections will change over the Christmas and New Year period.

They can find out all the information they need on South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils websites www.southoxon.gov.uk/christmaswaste and www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/christmaswaste.

Garden waste collections will be suspended over the Christmas period, while crews concentrate on collecting all the extra waste from Christmas. Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this.

Householders can also find out what to do with all their Christmas waste on the website, along with details of how to recycle their real Christmas trees.

Following the recent snowfall in the districts, the councils would also like to remind residents that in the event of adverse weather, like snow or ice, it may not be possible for collection crews to make all their scheduled collections. If the districts are affected by bad weather, all the latest information about bin collections will be posted on the councils’:

Details will also be available on the websites.

Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste and recycling at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “As we approach the busiest time of year for our waste crews, we’d like to thank all of our residents in advance for their co-operation and for their efforts in recycling. The vast majority of waste over Christmas can be recycled, so we hope everyone will do their very best to recycle everything they can, including all their food waste.”

Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste and recycling at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “As a reminder to our residents, you’re able to put out extra waste for recycling over Christmas, so please check out the information on our website to see what to do with it. We’re extremely grateful to everyone for helping our council to recycle as much as we do. Hopefully we won’t get any more disruptive weather, but if we do we’d appreciate your patience. Please look online for all the latest updates if this happens.

Waste collections update from SODC

Monday 11 December
Some of today’s waste and recycling collections are being affected by adverse weather conditions. Please see below a message that we are sharing with residents. We will be keeping both the South and Vale websites updated, along with social media.

Your waste collections – adverse weather conditions 

Our waste collection crews are out and about emptying bins where they can, although most side streets are too dangerous for their 26 tonne trucks.

If it is safe to do so, please put your bins out as normal.  If the bins in your street aren’t emptied on your normal collection day, please leave them out for three days and we will try and come back to get them.  If we haven’t managed to get back to you in three days, bring your bins back in and we will come and get them next time they’re due.  If this is the case, we will collect extra waste left out next to your bin next time around.

Even if the roads around you are clear, it might still be difficult for our waste collection crews to reach you – that might be because the roads between you and our depot are not passable for our large trucks or it might just be that the snow and ice has slowed the crew down so much that they aren’t able to finish their complete rounds in one day. 

We are very sorry for any disruption and inconvenience this causes you – we are doing the best we can to get out to as many of you as we can, but the safety of the general public out on the roads, and of our waste collection crews is our first priority.