Household recycling and waste
Almost all households have a green wheelie bin for waste that cannot be recycled, plus a blue wheelie bin for recycling (for use from 18 October 2010), and a small green container for food waste. Special arrangements have been made for properties that cannot use a wheelie bin. Residents have to pay for a brown wheelie bin for garden waste. Recycling and refuse are collected on alternate weeks. A calendar tells you which collection area you are in, and therefore which containers go out on which week. All food waste can be recycled but do not line the bin with a plastic bag and do not put in liquids, oil, or liquid fat. Apart from food waste, see below to find out what goes into which container.
If you have any questions about the new blue wheelie bin, see this site for more information and to choose the size of bin you would like.
Waste Recycling Centre
Oxfordshire County Council runs a large Household Waste Recycling Centre at Redbridge, just off the Abingdon Road, behind Redbridge Park & Ride. It is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Sunday. From April to September, it remains open until 8pm on Thursdays. It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Please contact the Oxfordshire County Council waste management team on 08450 50 45 50 or see their recycling centres web pages for more information. Redbridge recycles many items that are not currently collected, including computers, batteries, wood, rubble, car oil, cardboard, plastic bags, and furniture. There is also a useful A-Z directory of where you can recycle goods
Bulky waste items
You can arrange for bulky items that are beyond reuse or repair, such as cookers, beds and computers, to be collected by the City Council. For items in reasonable condition please see Furniture and white goods recycling below.
Furniture and white goods recycling
Emmaus Oxford will take furniture in reasonable condition, white goods in working condition, and old computers and televisions at their Secondhand Superstore in North Way. These are sold at low prices to people on benefits or low incomes. They will collect if given notice (3 weeks' notice is ideal) but you can also take the goods yourself. To arrange a collection or delivery tel. 763698 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details of the Emmaus project can be found here.
Green Balloon Days are organised by individual streets or groups of streets. Residents put unwanted items outside their houses and show that they have done so by hanging up a green balloon. Anyone is welcome to come along, see what is available and take away anything they like. Reuse is the greenest form of recycling.
Swap Shops offer a chance to exchange all kinds of unwanted items. Just simply bring… or take… or swap! Anything you bring should be genuinely re-usable, non-hazardous, non-electrical, clean and able to be carried. See this site for local Swap Shops.
These can be taken to the Tesco's on the Banbury Road.
There are several charity shops in Summertown that are glad to receive unwanted items in good, saleable condition, such as Oxfam, Scope, Blue Cross and Animal Sanctuary. No electrical goods.
The Oxford Freecycle™ Network is open to all in the local area who prefer to recycle to others, rather than throw away unwanted items such as bicycles, pianos, electrical goods, furniture, just about anything. You post a message listing items you are either offering free or looking for yourself. Charity organisations will be informed of this site so they too may be in touch to pick up your things. Rules: all items must be free, and no commercials. Click this link for more information.
You can advertise items for sale, to swap or to give away in Daily Information. This is published as a broadsheet at least once a week (three times a week in university term time) and displayed all over Oxford. It is also available online.
You can advertise items for sale or to give away by putting a notice in the window of Pen to Paper or Martin’s newsagent, for a small weekly charge.
Office Furniture and other office or trade items
Retrader.org.uk is a website that allows businesses and other organisations to pass on materials they no longer need and get pre-used materials from others. There are a range of different categories of items and materials that can be exchanged, from batteries to paper and furniture to paint and pallets. Visit the website for more details
Blue wheelie bin
|plastic bottles and lids||polystyrene|
|plastic food pots and tubs||plastic carrier bags|
|plastictrays and punnets||plastic toys/gadgets|
|clingfilm and bubblewrap||confectionary wrappers|
|Plastic food wrapping|
|Metal cans and foil|
|metal drinks cans||food-soiled items|
|aluminium foil & containers||other metal items|
|metal food tins, bottle tops|
|metal lids from glass jars|
|cardboard boxes (flattened) and greetings cards|
|cardboard tubes, packaging & egg boxes|
|loo roll inner tubes|
|all paper, newspapers and magazines||soiled kitchen and tissue paper|
|brochures,catalogues & directories (inc Yellow Pages)||Jiffy bags|
|wrapping paper||confectionary wrappers|
|coloured office paper|
|envelopes (inc window ones)|
|washed glass bottles and jars||window panes, mirrors, glass cookware, light bulbs & striplights|
|Drinks cartons & Tetrapaks|
|longlife, milk, juice & soup cartons|
|chinaware, textiles, batteries, mobile phones, electrical gadgets|
|grass cuttings||cardboard and paper|
|garden prunings||food/drink cartons|
|plants and weeds||metal|
|branches no larger than 7.5cm (3") in diameter||all kitchen food waste|
For more information go to the Oxford City Council recycling page.