Recycling roadshows coming to a town near you…

Recycling experts from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be out and about myth-busting over what can and can’t be recycled in the districts as part of National Recycle Week 2018.
Events are planned across southern Oxfordshire next week which will give residents the chance to ask the experts about recycling collections and what happens to the recycling after waste crews have collected it.
The district councils’ officers will be at special recycling stalls, giving out advice and recycling goodies between 10am and 2pm, at the following places:
Monday 24 September – Waitrose, St Martin’s St, Wallingford
Tuesday 25 September – Thame Market in Upper High St
Wednesday 26 September – Abingdon Community Free Space shop in Bury St
Thursday 27 September – Wantage Leisure Centre in Portway
Friday 28 September – Asda, London Rd, Wheatley
It is the 15th Recycle Week (24 – 30 September) organised by WRAP* as part of the Recycle Now national recycling campaign for England. This year’s theme is ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters.’ with an emphasis on plastic items.
Cllr Roger Cox, leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Residents in the districts are keen recyclers. Over the years the councils have expanded their recycling services, with the additions of small electricals and textiles to the kerbside collection and most recently the introduction of the new cooking oil recycling service. These events during Recycle Week offer residents the opportunity to speak to experts face to face and ask any questions they have about recycling and the waste collection services.”
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for waste and recycling, said: “Up to 80 per cent of household waste can be recycled and the councils offer lots of recycling information online, including our Binzone app which gives details of collections and of individual items which can be recycled. Recycle Week is a good opportunity to remind residents of the benefits of recycling and how the council can help people do even more to reduce waste.”
More information about waste and recycling can be found on the councils’ recycling pages
People can also download the Binzone app to smartphones or tablets which will tell what can and can’t be recycled and also when bins are due to be collected.
*WRAP – Waste and Resources Action Programme is a registered charity set up to promote sustainable waste management

The Flu Vaccination – who should have it and why

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk from flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

· Anyone aged 65 and over
· Pregnant Women
· Children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long term heart or respiratory disease)
· Children and adults with weakened immune systems

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS each year to anyone in these risk groups. It is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition..
Morland House will be running Saturday flu clinics throughout the winter, starting Saturday 29th Sept. Please contact our reception team on 01865 872448 to book an appointment.

NEW! Councils can now collect and recycle used cooking oil as part of the food waste service

Love chips? Roasts? Cooked breakfasts? Samosas and Sausages?

All are delicious, but they do leave greasy leftovers..….which South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils can now take care of thanks to their new cooking oil recycling service for residents.
Oil is collected every week as part of both districts’ food waste collections.
After cooking, any leftover oil should be allowed to cool before being poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than a 1 litre size. The bottle and its contents can then be placed into the resident’s kerbside food waste caddy along with other food waste and put out for the weekly collection.
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services said: “We all know that cooking oil and fat shouldn’t be poured down sinks as it can cause blockages, but it can be difficult to dispose of. This is why I welcome the start of this new service for residents, collecting cooking oil from their homes every week.”
Cllr Elaine Ware South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services added: “The oil is recycled along with the rest of the food waste which is transformed into electricity at the food waste recycling plant. The oil is highly calorific and so makes a lot of energy.”
One litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea!

For those residents not wishing to use a plastic bottle, oil can also be poured straight into the caddy along with other food waste.