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. 

The City Council provides alternative bring bank recycling sites within two miles of Ambassador Avenue including those at Sainsbury’s Heyford Hill, Hockmore Tower and Crescent Hall. Items can also be taken to the Redbridge household waste recycling centre. And in addition to the wheelie-bin collections, each household in Oxford can have up to three bulky items collected twice a year at no charge.

The Ambassador Avenue recycling centre is being closed because it is a magnet for fly-tipping, produces very little recycling and is an eyesore for shoppers using the retail park. The City Council has been spending over £18,000 a year clearing fly-tipping from the site.

The City Council will increase its patrols to prevent fly-tipping in the area and the Ambassador Avenue site will be fenced off. Last year the City Council imposed only one fixed penalty sign because the fly-tipping often takes place next to the recycling containers at night. 

Cllr John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: "The City Council's staff have had to visit the site every day to monitor and clear rubbish. And despite their efforts we have consistently been receiving complaints about fly tipping. The Ambassador Avenue site remains an eyesore. 

"Fly tipping is illegal and there are adequate, convenient, disposal options in Oxford that mean it's totally unnecessary. I appeal to the public to dispose of their rubbish in a responsible way.”

For details of the location of all of the City Council bring bank sites please visit the Recycling Bring Bank pages on the council's website www.oxford.gov.uk   

To arrange a bulky waste collection phone 01865 249811.