West Oxfordshire District Council are responsible for collecting our household recycling.  They have published an A-Z comprehensive list of what you can and can't recycle in West Oxfordshire.

WODC also provide the Community Recycling Banks at the Spendlove carpark, if you find these banks full then please contact WODC on 01993 861020.

Oxfordshire County Council provide the Household Waste Recycling Centres where there are also energy from waste and landfill skips. The closest one to Charlbury is Dix Pit  at Stanton Harcourt which is about 5 miles south of Witney. OCC have published an A-Z to explain what to put into the various recycling containers and what has to be go into the landfill or energy from waste skips. A general rule seems to be that general waste items larger than a suitcase go into the bulky waste skip for landfill and that smaller items go into the energy from waste skip.

22/07/16 - Call to coffee chains to reuse cups as 2.5 billion dumped every year Coffee shop chains must go “further and faster” to develop recyclable cups as new research reveals more than 2.5 billion are thrown away in the UK every year - enough to go around the world five-and-a-half times.

14/02/13 - UK screwcap recycling rate half that of Germany’s  Germany disposes less than 20% of all aluminium screw bottle tops used, while the UK discards as much as 60%, and some countries around 80%. Re-using aluminium requires 95% less energy than would be used in its primary production.

07/02/13 - The circular economy: big in Japan  When it comes to the ways in which stuff is made, consumed, and disposed of, there’s a lot the UK could learn from Japan.

03/12/12 - VIDEO: Lord de Mauley announces 'Rags to Riches' campaign.  Speaking at the Lawrence M Barry (LMB) Clothes Recycling Centre in Canning Town, London, the minister said he wanted to draw attention to the economic and environmental potential of recycling and reusing clothes that are no longer wanted as part of the Government’s commitment to a zero waste economy.

Black Recycling Boxes

If you have more than one black recycling box at home, then it speeds things up for the operators if you follow these tips and put different things into different boxes. This separation reflects the two different sorting positions on the side of the vehicle. The big distinction is to separate paper and cardboard into two different boxes. Sometimes the crews have to use a vehicle where they can't sort the stuff at the kerbside, but be reassured that it is then taken to Enstone where it is properly sorted.

  • Contact WODC to order more black boxes.
  • Extra recycling can be put on or next to your boxes in either open clear bags or carrier bags. Please ensure that it is only one material per bag i.e. plastics or paper or card. For health and safety reasons, glass must go in your recycling boxes.
  • Labels - you don't have to remove the labels from cans, plastic or glass bottles.

Black Box One

Box 1 - Cardboard

  • Corrugated cardboard - break up large pieces to fit in your box
  • Cardboard packaging - pull apart and flatten
  • Christmas/greeting cards
  • Sandwich boxes
  • Tetrapaks (i.e. juice cartons) - rinse and flatten
  • Thin card tickets

Box 1 - Glass

  • Glass jars and bottles (but NOT broken glass or Pyrex)

Box 1 - Textiles (in a bag on top of other items)

  • Blankets
  • Clothes
  • Curtains
  • Sheets
  • Textiles
  • Towels
  • Wool

Box 1 - Shoes and trainers (in a bag on top of other items)

  • Shoes and trainers - tie in pairs first

Black Box Two

Box 2 - Paper

  • Envelopes - even window envelopes
  • Paper (but NOT tissues, tissue paper, glitter or laminated paper)
  • Shredded paper - put in an open paper envelope/bag first
  • Telephone directories
  • Yellow Page directories

Box 2 - Metal

  • Aerosols - please ensure aerosols are empty
  • Aluminium foil - squash aluminium milk bottle tops into a ball and wrap around with a larger piece of foil
  • Biscuit/sweet tins
  • Cans - these should be rinsed (but don't waste hot water rinsing them) and then squashed
  • Magnets
  • Metal crown bottle caps
  • Metal screw bottle tops
  • Metal tops from glass jars
  • Metal toothepaste tubes

Box 2 - Plastic

  • Plastic bottles - take tops off and squash the bottles
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Plastic biscuit trays
  • Plastic corks
  • Plastic food trays
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Plastic toothpaste tubes
  • Plastic tubs and pots (i.e. ice cream, margarine, yoghurt) - rinsed but don't waste hot water rinsing them
  • The following materials are made up of types of plastics or a hybrid of plastics and another material that are currently too difficult for our processors to recycle, so they cannot go in your recycling box: hard plastic (e.g. plumbing pipes, buckets, garden furniture, lunch boxes, toys, CD, DVD or video cases, electrical conduit, plastic cutlery or crockery, toothebrushes) also animal feed bags, black refuse sacks, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, drink straws, frozen food bags and polystyrene.

Box 2 - Flyaway Plastics (keep together in a plastic bag)

  • Bubble wrap (BUT you can easily reuse bubblewrap to protect valuables in storage or in the post)
  • Carrier bags
  • Cling film
  • Compost bags (from the garden)
  • Polythene/plastic sheeting
  • Small clear food packaging

Box 2 - Batteries & Mobile Phones (in an untied bag on top of box)

  • Household batteries (but NOT rechargable batteries)
    (BUT you can take both household AND rechargable batteries to the Co-op in Charlbury for recycling)
  • Mobile phones
    (Remember to take your SIM card out and remove any personal data from your phone. Many charities also collect old mobile phones.)

Leave outside your recycling box

  • Car batteries
  • Engine oil should be put in a sealed and labelled, non-returnable container