Oxford City Council

PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
Web http://www.oxford.gov.uk/

Recycling and waste

Additional or Replacement Recycling and Refuse Bins/Boxes

Wheeled Bin and Recycling Container Dimensions

We provide the following sized wheeled bins:

Bin type Height Width Depth Capacity (approx.)
360L Green Wheeled Bin 112cm 66cm 89cm 6 bags
240L Green Wheeled Bin 107cm 58cm 74cm 5 bags
180L Green Wheeled Bin 107cm 48 cm 74 cm 4 bags - standard size bin issued
140L Green Wheeled Bin 106 cm 49 cm 57 cm 3 bags
360L Blue Recycling Wheeled Bin 112cm 66cm 89cm 6 bags
240L Blue Recycling Wheeled Bin 107 cm 58 cm 74 cm 5 bags - standard size bin issued
140L Blue Recycling Wheeled Bin 106 cm 49 cm 57 cm 3 bags


What should I do with recycling that won't fit in the recycling bin?

You can place extra recycling neatly by the side of your recycling bin/box in the old recycling boxes (if you still have them), a cardboard box or a clear plastic bag. Please do not use black bin liners.

How do I get more recycling containers?

If you are a large household, you may be entitled to a larger recycling bin. Please contact us on 01865 249811 or email recycling@oxford.gov.uk.

What if my wheeled bin has gone missing?

Please call us on 01865 249811 or email recycling@oxford.gov.uk to report this. Please inform us which container has gone missing and an officer will investigate and ensure you have adequate facilities for your recycling and waste collections. Please note this could take up to 10 working days.

What if my food caddy has gone missing?

Call us on 01865 249811 or email recycling@oxford.gov.uk to request a replacement bin.

What if my wheeled bin, recycling box or food caddy is broken?

Please contact us on 01865 249811 or email recycling@oxford.gov.uk to request a replacement bin, box or caddy.

Why has my green bin been replaced with a smaller bin?

In order to continue increasing the amount of waste sent to be recycled, our refuse bin capacity has been reviewed and as a result the 180 litre capacity green refuse bins are now our standard size. Therefore any new or replacement green bins required in the future will be 180 litre.  As 80% of the average household bin can be recycled or composted, by using your blue recycling bins and food waste caddies fully you will find that the 180 litre green refuse bin is more than adequate for your needs.

What materials go in each bin?

Visit our What goes into each bin page for full details.

What if I can't fit all my general waste into my green wheeled bin?

Approximately 80% of the waste in the average household bin can be recycled or composted. Please make full use of your recycling bins before placing waste into your green wheeled bin. Visit our Excess Rubbish page for more information.

I have a large family/live in a shared house and my wheeled bin is not big enough. What can I do?

Oxford City Council is working hard to increase the amount of waste sent for recycling. Each household is provided with blue wheeled bins, boxes or sacks for recycling, food waste caddies and one green wheeled bin for anything that can not be recycled.

By using the blue recycling bin, box or sack and food waste service fully, you should find the bins you currently have are sufficient.

However, large households may be entitled to a larger blue recycling bin or a larger green wheeled bin.

Larger green bins will not be issued unless everything that can already be recycled, is being recycled.

If you wish to be assessed for a larger or additional bin please complete our Request Large Bin online form.

If you are a HMO or flat site, it is your landlords responsibility to provide bins. Please ask your landlord to contact us directly on 01865 249811 or recycling@oxford.gov.uk.

How can I reduce the size of my bins?

By using the recycling service fully, you may find that your green bin is too large. If you would like a smaller bin, please email recycling@oxford.gov.uk or call 01865 249811.

Blue and Green Recycling Boxes

During October 2010 blue wheeled recycling bins were introduced across the city to replace blue/green recycling boxes in order to improve the recycling service. The use of boxes is being phased out, if your box is lost or damaged your property will be assessed to see whether you should have a wheeled bin or sacks.

Micro Chipped Bins

Our wheeled bins are micro chipped. Each chip is linked to a specific serial number which relates to the property it was delivered to. These chips allow us to:

  • Track lost bins
  • Investigate missed collections
  • Locate crews

No personal information is held on the chips, only address data.

Page last updated 01 April 2014

Waste and Recycling Team

Cowley Marsh Depot

Marsh Road



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