'Tis the season to recycle

Published: Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Christmas is coming and that can mean an increase in waste paper, cardboard, bottles and batteries, as well as food leftovers. So it makes sense to check on your arrangements for refuse and recycling over the festive season.

And if you have any other questions, the recycling team will be putting on roadshows to promote the Council's recycling services in December. Residents can catch up with the team at the  following locations where they'll be able to check on their collection day changes and get some festive recycling advice.

  • Templars Square, 6 December
  • Sainsbury's Heyford Hill, 12 December
  • Headington Co-Op, 19 December.

Cllr Nigel Chapman, Board Member for Customer Focused Services, said: "Christmas festivities mean thousands more cards, packaging, cartons or glass bottles will be waiting to be recycled, and then there‘s food waste, which I know people are being careful to reduce, but which will inevitably mount up at Christmas and New Year. So at this time of year it’s really important to make full use of the recycling services that the City Council provides.

"And don't forget that if you're buying a real Christmas tree this year, we will take it away when the festivities are over so it can be turned into compost."

Real Christmas trees, without the lights, pots and decorations, can be left next to the blue bin or sacks on collection day, or taken to a Christmas tree collection point. Last year the City Council composted over 2000 Christmas trees.

Full details of changes to collection services, along with details of the collection points and useful advice on what to do with extra Christmas recycling, are available on the Council's recycling at Christmas webpage.