Recycling and Waste news

Turning rubbish into charity cash

Published: Tuesday, 15th September 2020

ODS is turning rubbish into cash that can help animals in need.

  • Litter kills. Take it home or face a £150 fine

    Published: Thursday, 23rd July 2020

    Litter kills. Oxford City Council is warning visitors to Port Meadow and other green spaces to take their rubbish home or face a £150 fixed penalty notice.

  • Oxford to trial all-electric refuse collection vehicle to further zero emissions ambitions

    Published: Tuesday, 21st July 2020

    Oxford is to trial its first all-electric refuse collection vehicle.

  • Port Meadow litter puts animals in danger

    Published: Friday, 26th June 2020

    One of Oxford’s most famous and much loved open spaces has suffered a huge increase in litter being left behind following the recent relaxation of lockdown regulations.

  • Bulky waste collection services resume

    Published: Monday, 18th May 2020

    Oxford City Council, in partnership with ODS, is resuming bookings for its bulky waste collection service for residents from Monday 18 May, and collections from Tuesday 26 May.

  • Fly-tipping on the increase

    Published: Wednesday, 29th April 2020

    Along with many other local authority areas nationwide, Oxford City Council has seen an increase in fly-tipping since the lockdown began.

  • Garden waste service to be reinstated

    Published: Monday, 27th April 2020

    Garden waste collections in Oxford will resume from Monday 4 May.

  • Residents urged, don’t burn it - think of your neighbours

    Published: Thursday, 16th April 2020

    Oxford City Council is urging residents to refrain from burning garden waste during the current coronavirus pandemic. Smoke from bonfires can not only be a nuisance but could be a health risk for neighbours.

  • Suspension of garden waste collection service

    Published: Friday, 27th March 2020

    Oxford City Council and ODS have temporarily suspended the garden waste collection service (the brown bins).

  • Coffee cup competition winners announced

    Published: Tuesday, 18th February 2020

    ODS and Oxford City Council have announced the winners of their ‘A Cup of Inspiration’ competition, to design wrappings for the city’s new coffee cup recycling bins.

  • ODS officers scoop 35 under 35 award

    Published: Tuesday, 11th February 2020

    Two of ODS' talented young staff have each scooped a 35 under 35 award.

  • Crisp packets turn into cash for animal sanctuary

    Published: Friday, 7th February 2020

    For just over a year Oxford residents have been able to recycle used crisp packets at the ODS Marsh Road Depot and it's all added up to extra cash for a local animal charity.

  • Coffee cup competition art aims to increase recycling

    Published: Monday, 27th January 2020

    New recycling bins will soon hit the streets in Oxford, some being dressed in competition-winning artwork, that’s set to reduce the number of single use coffee cups going to landfill or incineration.

  • Oxfordshire named top waste recycler in England

    Published: Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

    Oxfordshire has been named the best performing county council waste disposal authority in England for the sixth year in a row, thanks to residents’ commitment to the environment.

  • A cup of inspiration

    Published: Friday, 29th November 2019

    Oxfordshire residents have a chance to see their artwork on new coffee cup recycling bins that are set to appear in Oxford next year.

  • Recycling is an all-year round commitment

    Published: Tuesday, 8th October 2019

    Recycle Week wrapped up after a jam-packed programme of roadshows and resident tours at recycling plants led by Oxford Direct Services’ (ODS) Recycling Team.

  • Another award win for ODS

    Published: Thursday, 3rd October 2019

    Oxford Direct Services (ODS) has been named “Winner of Best Service Team” in the Street Cleansing and Streetscene Service category at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards held in Newcastle.

  • Coffee cup recycling gets underway in December

    Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2019

    Starting in December, Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services (ODS) will be working in partnership to install on-street coffee cup recycling bins in the city centre, Summertown and Headington.

  • Get set for a clean green St Clement's

    Published: Monday, 16th September 2019

    The latest area to benefit from the City Council's clean and green initiative has been announced - it's St Clement's.

  • ODS and RAW partner up for two major projects

    Published: Friday, 2nd August 2019

    Oxford Direct Services (ODS) is partnering with Blackbird Leys based RAW on two major construction projects for Oxford City Council, the Museum of Oxford's refurbishment and the redevelopment of Floyds Row, to ensure the development of the sites generates maximum social value and environmental benefit.

  • Keeping incorrect items out of the recycling

    Published: Thursday, 4th July 2019

    In light of the declaration of a climate emergency, and to make Oxford clean and green, Oxford City Council is determined to recycle as much household waste as possible.

  • Clean sweep at the Carnival

    Published: Monday, 1st July 2019

    Cowley Road Carnival takes place on 7 July. This year’s theme is Space is the Place and the carnival is set to dazzle spectators with music, performances, spoken word, drama and dance.

  • Rose Hill comprehensively cleaned

    Published: Wednesday, 17th April 2019

    The two-week Rose Hill clean-up has ended and the results are in.

  • A clean and green Rose Hill

    Published: Monday, 11th March 2019

    The City Council's clean and green initiative is set to come to Rose Hill this month.

  • Keeping Oxford's streets leaf free

    Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018

    If autumn is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, it's also the season of falling leaves. Lots of them.

  • Gipsy Lane cleanup completed

    Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2018

    The two-week Gipsy Lane clean up has ended and the results are in.

  • Recycling League wins top award

    Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2018

    Oxford Direct Services’ Recycling Team has won an award for the Best in Recycling and Waste Innovation from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

  • A clean green Gipsy Lane

    Published: Tuesday, 16th October 2018

    For two weeks between 15 and 28 October Oxford Direct Services staff are concentrating their cleaning efforts on the Gipsy Lane area of Headington.

  • Campaign launching to tackle dog fouling in Blackbird Leys

    Published: Friday, 21st September 2018

    Oxford City Council is set to launch a campaign on Monday 24 September to encourage Blackbird Leys’ dog owners to clean up after their pets.

  • Less litter in Littlemore

    Published: Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

    A two-week Littlemore clean-up campaign last month targeted the area with intensive deep clean while staff went from door to door to advise residents and businesses on refuse collection and recycling

  • A clean, green Littlemore

    Published: Tuesday, 10th July 2018

    For two weeks from 16 July, Oxford Direct Services staff will be out and about in Littlemore bringing the Council's Clean Green Oxford campaign to the area.

  • Refuse vehicle fire

    Published: Friday, 6th July 2018

    This morning one of Oxford Direct Services' commercial refuse and recycling vehicles suffered a fire in the cab whilst at Sainsbury's on Heyford Hill.

  • Carnival clear up comprehensively completed

    Published: Monday, 2nd July 2018

    Cowley Road pulsated to the sound of music, dancers and street performers yesterday as thousands descended on the area to celebrate the annual Carnival.

  • Recycle for Oxford with British Heart Foundation banks

    Published: Friday, 20th April 2018

    For the past six years, Oxford City Council, the British Heart Foundation, Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University colleges, have run an end of year clear-out recycling scheme for students.

  • Cowley Road cleaned up

    Published: Monday, 9th April 2018

    The two-week Cowley Road clean-up has ended and the statistics are in.

  • Oxford Direct Services launches

    Published: Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

    Oxford City Council has today transformed its direct services operations into a wholly-owned social enterprise called Oxford Direct Services Ltd (ODS).

  • A clean and green Cowley Road

    Published: Monday, 12th March 2018

    For two weeks from 19 March, Oxford City Council staff will be out and about along Cowley Road to bring the Clean Green Oxford campaign to the area.

  • Getting rid of cooking oil has never been simpler

    Published: Friday, 16th February 2018

    If there’s one thing everyone should know about throwing away cooking oil, it’s that you should never pour it down the sink, or down drains.

  • Ambassador Avenue bring bank to close

    Published: Thursday, 18th January 2018

    Oxford City Council and Tesco have agreed to permanently close the recycling centre at Ambassador Avenue on the Cowley Retail Park during the week commencing 5 February. 

  • After Big Ben's chimes fade away

    Published: Thursday, 28th December 2017

    The chimes of midnight will herald in the New Year and party goes will continue to welcome 2018 into the early hours, but 1 January is a normal working day for some — including our street cleaners.

  • Recycling at Christmas - When the celebrations are over

    Published: Friday, 22nd December 2017

    During Christmas week Oxford residents' recycling and rubbish collection days will be one day later.

  • Redbridge plans go on show

    Published: Tuesday, 28th November 2017

    Next month there will be a chance to view proposals for a new recycling transfer station to be built at Redbridge.

  • Council enhances city centre cleaning regime

    Published: Friday, 27th October 2017

    With the new Westgate Centre now open, the city can expect more visitors keen on finding out what the new shops have to offer.

  • Recycling efforts recognised

    Published: Monday, 23rd October 2017

    Recycling work in the city was recently recognised when the City Council brought home an award for Best Team of the Year.

  • City Council scoops best service APSE award

    Published: Monday, 16th October 2017

    Oxford City Council’s Streetscene team swept away the competition at the recent APSE (Association of Public Service Excellence) awards.

  • A clean green Greater Leys

    Published: Monday, 21st August 2017

    For two weeks from 17 July, the City Council staff were out and about with housing association colleagues from Catalyst, GreenSquare and A2Dominion, bringing the Clean Green Oxford campaign to Greater Leys.

  • Clean and Green campaign heads to Greater Leys

    Published: Thursday, 13th July 2017

    For two weeks from 17 July the City Council, together with the local housing associations, will concentrate resources on Greater Leys as it becomes the focus of the next Clean Green Oxford campaign.

  • It’s time to Pack for Good

    Published: Wednesday, 7th June 2017

    Oxford City Council has teamed up with Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in the fight for every heartbeat.

  • Clean Green campaign comes to Rose Hill

    Published: Monday, 27th February 2017

    Between 6 March and 17 March, the Rose Hill area of Oxford will be the focus of the next Clean Green Oxford campaign.

  • Turning waste food into watts

    Published: Monday, 27th February 2017

    Over the next two months Oxford City Council will be out and about visiting households to give out free food caddy liners and “no food waste” stickers for residents’ green rubbish bin as well as handing out food waste recycling leaflets and talking to residents about how they can recycle more of their food waste.

  • Community and Council come together to clean up Barton

    Published: Monday, 19th December 2016

    For two weeks in November, a Clean and Green campaign saw the City Council focusing its resources on Barton to give it an intensive spruce up.

  • Recycling does not take a break during the Christmas holidays

    Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

    Oxford residents are invited to recycle their real and naked Christmas tree (without lights and decorations).

  • Pennies well spent

    Published: Wednesday, 14th December 2016

    A three-year investment in Oxford’s public convenience facilities has been recognised, as the City Council won ten Platinum Grade and eight Gold Grade Loo of the Year Awards from the British Toilet Association (BTA). Platinum is the highest grade granted by the BTA.

  • Imogen’s art gets recycling message across

    Published: Friday, 18th November 2016

    In the summer, Oxford City Council ran a competition for school students to design a striking new work of art to grace the side of a refuse and recycling lorry.

  • Barton to benefit from clean green campaign

    Published: Friday, 11th November 2016

    For two weeks from 14 November Barton will be the focus of the next Clean Green Oxford campaign.

  • Star in our food recycling video

    Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

    Help us promote food recycling by taking part in a short film.

  • Bye gum!

    Published: Friday, 23rd September 2016

    Probably the most difficult littering problem most towns and cities have to deal with is gum – discarded by thoughtless chewers, it sticks to pavements, is unsightly and is a nightmare to remove.

  • Can you identify the Unusual Suspects?

    Published: Monday, 5th September 2016

    Recycle Week 2016 runs from 12 to 18 September. Oxford City Council is using the week as an opportunity to thank residents for all the great recycling that they’re doing and to point out a few items that they may not think they can recycle.

  • Pledge to recycle for a chance to win prizes

    Published: Tuesday, 9th August 2016

    The call is out for local charities and community groups to get involved in Oxford City Council’s Blue Bin Recycling League competition – and be in with a chance to scoop a monthly £400 cash prize.

  • Time to let the imagination run wild

    Published: Monday, 25th July 2016

    It’s time to get out the pencils, crayons, paints, or even the computer as Oxford City Council is asking children with a “green” imagination to enter its latest poster competition.

  • Recycling rate hits all time high

    Published: Monday, 18th July 2016

    People in Oxford are recycling more now than they have ever done before.

  • Second week for Templar Road Clean Green campaign

    Published: Tuesday, 28th June 2016

    The Templar Road Estate Clean Green Campaign has entered its second week with a targeted campaign aimed at giving the area a spruce up.

  • Residents urged not to put lithium batteries in household bins

    Published: Tuesday, 19th April 2016

    Oxford City Council is urging residents not to put lithium batteries in their household bins because they can cause fires.

  • Oxford residents urged to recycle and make their metals matter

    Published: Monday, 22nd February 2016

    Oxford City Council has launched a new recycling campaign to urge people living in Oxford to make their metals matter.

  • Almost 4,000 flat residents in Oxford now able to recycle food for the first time

    Published: Friday, 19th February 2016

    Oxford City Council has provided residents of almost 4,000 flats in Oxford with the ability to recycle food for the first time.

  • Callout for creative crafters and catwalk stars at ReFashion Oxford 2016

    Published: Monday, 7th December 2015

    Oxford City Council is on the lookout for local people to provide stalls, workshops and fashion shows at next year’s ReFashion Oxford.

  • Five thousand more flats soon able to recycle food

    Published: Monday, 23rd November 2015

    Oxford City Council has started delivering more than 5,000 food caddies to residents of private flats so that they can recycle food waste for the first time.

  • Almost 2,000 people sign up to take part in Blue Bin Recycling League

    Published: Monday, 9th November 2015

    Almost 2,000 people have so far signed up to take part in Oxford City Council’s new recycling competition.

  • Oxford students raise almost £100,000 for British Heart Foundation

    Published: Monday, 9th November 2015

    Oxford’s students could have raised almost £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation after donating unwanted goods as they moved out for the summer.

  • How to recycle pumpkins this Halloween

    Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    Oxford residents can recycle their pumpkins in several ways this Halloween.

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