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.

It not only reduces unnecessary waste, it also generates stock and income for the British Heart Foundation. The materials collected provide revenue to support students studying heart disease at Oxford University. 

The scheme will be looking for: 

•    clothing

•    shoes

•    accessories

•    CDs

•    DVDs

•    books

•    kitchenware

•    small electrical goods, such as hair dryers and hair straighteners.


Ian Bourton, Recycling, Waste and Fleet Manager at Oxford Direct Services, said: "As part of last year’s campaign collection banks were placed around the city in highly populated student areas and banks and collection points were provided to the Oxford Brookes' halls of residence and many of the Oxford University colleges. 

"There was an overwhelming uptake. The amount of stock generated for the British Heart foundation was around 57 tonnes, which raised around £100,000."

Placing recycling banks around the city was particularly successful, as they were convenient for students to use and in many locations they were also used by local residents. With this in mind, temporary banks will again be placed in the following locations: 

East Avenue (corner of Morrell Avenue)
Morrell Avenue (top end)
Gray’s Road/Old Road Junction
Magdalen Road Church
the corner of Cripley Road and Botley Road.

The British Heart Foundation will empty these on a regular basis and the Council will monitor any waste and fly tipping at the sites. However, if you notice any issues with the banks, please contact Oxford Direct Services on [email protected] or phone 01865 249811.

The scheme is planned to run until the end of July.