As the mercury soars, Oxford City Council’s bin collections are starting early for the rest of this week, starting at 6am to beat the heat.
The decision by Oxford Direct Services to bring collections has been made to protect the collection teams from heavy work in the extreme heat that is predicted for the next few days.
Collections will begin at 6am from tomorrow, Wednesday 23 July, and the early starts will continue for the rest of the week.
Residents are encouraged to put their bins out the night before to make sure they do not miss a collection, but any missed bins can be reported in the normal way for the next collection.
Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Customer Focused Services, said “We’ve made the decision to start earlier for the welfare of our collection teams. There’s a lot of heavy lifting and miles of walking in a collection shift, so we want to avoid the hottest part of the day to stop them overheating, which is a real health risk. Residents are asked to help the teams by making sure their bins are out in time for a 6am start, but if they do miss the collection they can call or email the ODS team to be added to the next collection.”