Tell the County your views on household waste sites


As part of securing HWRC sites across Oxfordshire, the Council will be seeking a new management contract to operate these sites. They would like to know your views on measures that could be taken to make savings and to create income, in order to provide the most affordable service for residents of Oxfordshire.

Household Waste Recycling Strategy & Consultation 2015
The above report sets out the results of the Council’s consultation on the future of HWRCs which was carried out in 2015

Unfortunately it appears that this consultation is again online, we are asking how residents who do not use the internet can send in their views.

Here is the link to the website where you can register your comments. The closing date is the 11th August.

Date for your diary – Re-fashion event


For those who remember her feisty performance at our Ward Focus Meeting, Amy from the City Council is organising the above event and hopes to welcome you there!

She says:

Our award winning ReFashion event is returning on Thursday 10th March at The Oxford Town Hall and we’d love as many of you as possible to join us in encouraging sustainable textile use in the drive to reduce, reuse and recycle our consumption.

Jack2 FM will be returning as the compere, we’ll have five schools strutting their stuff down the catwalk, vintage and second hand clothes sales, ‘swishing’ (clothes swapping), repair workshops and much more, including Donnington Doorstep cakes.

With your help of spreading the word, we’re hoping to see more than 1,500 members of the public at the free event.

Projects in Headington – recycling and energy

At our next meeting City Council speakers will tell us about the controversial new recycling initiative and we’ll have an update on a major new green energy project linking the JR and Churchill hospitals.

Please put the date in your diary

Tuesday 27 October

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Headington Ward Focus Meeting

Manor Hospital Conference Room, Beech Road 

If you would like to contact your Lib Dem city councillors for advice on any issue please contact

Food caddies

A number of folk have contacted us about food caddies – either because they have been missed or because they were not put back in the right place.

A council officer has helpfully sent us this reply:

The crews are aware that throwing caddies is not acceptable, I am pretty sure this is not happening, however, caddies are left in the front of properties and the crews have to be static whilst decanting from the caddy to the slave container. We will have problems with wind and sometimes the caddies are being blown after collection. If there are any individual instances that I can address I will be more than happy to make a visit to identify and rectify issues raised.

Please let us know if this is a problem for you, and we will pass on details.

New Van Trailer e-permit scheme at County Recycling Centres



A van and trailer permit scheme was introduced at Oxfordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in November 2010 to reduce the amount of trade waste that was being deposited illegally at Oxfordshire’s HWRCs. It was estimated that the illegal deposit of trade waste was costing Oxfordshire County Council over £250,000 every year in disposal costs.

Currently customers who want to visit the HWRCs with either a ‘commercial-type’ vehicle or a trailer between 1.8m (6 ft) and 3m (10 ft) long  apply for a paper permit. When the permitting scheme was reviewed in 2012 a recommendation to move towards a ‘paperless’ system was agreed. This system, known as the Van Trailer e-permit scheme, has become operational on 4th November 2014.

Key changes

  • Paper permits will no longer be issued or required.
  • Customers are able to check how many visits they have left online, by asking site staff or by contacting Waste Management Group.
  • Permits will be automatically renewed after 12 months and are reset with 12 visits – customers will no longer need to contact Waste Management Group to renew their permits.
  • Permits automatically expire if they have not been used for 24 months – customers will receive a notification prior to the expiry of the permit.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact County Cllr Roz Smith

Rubbish collection team wins national award

We are pleased that Oxford City Council’s Recycling and Waste Team has won a national award for its improving performance.  We have had significantly fewer complaints this past year and those we have reported have been dealt with much more speedily.

Oxford City Council has won the prestigious Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE) for Most Improved Performer in the Refuse Collection category

APSE performance networks is the UK’s largest voluntary data benchmarking service for local authorities sharing information on cost, quality and customer satisfaction across local council frontline services. The data is independently validated and used by councils across the UK to drive forward improvements in local public services.


Bins on pavements

bin  Our Community Response Officer Anton has done a sterling job today. He and his colleague Maria from the environmental enforcement team have completed a bin survey in New High Street. They identified a number of properties where owners needed to move bins off the highway, they gave out information to residents and have ensured that people have the right type of bin. Some houses have no frontage and benefit from a lilac plastic sack collection rather than having a big bin to wheel through the house.

Would you benefit from using lilac sacks?

Do you have any questions about collection days?

Do you live in a street which would benefit from this sort of audit?

If so, please do get in touch with either David or Ruth

Recycling team train up student wardens

Students from Oxford Brookes University have been visited by the City’s Recycling team, with the support of Oxford Brookes Student Community Wardens, to discuss recycling and waste issues in the city.

Training sessions were run by the Recycling team, resulting in 12 Student Community Wardens being prepared to answer any questions students might have on the door step.

Over 2000 student properties were visited to educate students about what they can recycle and what to place in each bin

Lib Dem success: flats get recycling boost

Following lobbying from the City Lib Dem Group, officers have decided that tenants in flats can now have a bin or an eco-sack as long as they do the following:

–          Purchase a bin for a yearly subscription charge of £35 or Eco Sacks for £25/£35 depending on how many they would like.

–          Take responsibility for the bin

–          Present garden waste on the same day as their recycling by 7am.

–          Place the bin or eco-sack at the kerbside

The property will need to be on the Council’s round sheets. Please email if you live in a flat and want to register for this service.  And do contact us if there are any problems…