Put the kettle on...the kerbside!

Released on August 25, 2015

From 7 September in South Oxfordshire and 5 October in the Vale of White Horse, residents can put out small unusable electrical items such as toasters, kettles, irons and hairdryers out with their grey bin for recycling.

Any tired or damaged textiles or clothes that aren’t good enough for charity with their green bin for recycling. 

Items can be put in a tied carrier bag next to the bin on the normal collection day. 

The service is for unusable and worn out textiles – residents should give anything that is reusable to charity shops.

Small electrical items are taken to a specialist site in Newbury for sorting, storing and processing into new items.  Textiles are taken to a sorting warehouse in East London – any cotton and polyester gets cut into industrial rags, and any wool is shredded and made into felt or new yarn.

 Until now there has not been a way for residents to get rid of their unusable textiles without taking a trip to the county council’s waste recycling centres, meaning lots of residents were putting them in their grey bin.

A couple of years ago, the councils installed some pink bring banks for small electrical items in car parks across both districts.  They’ve been popular but aren’t as convenient, so the councils expect to recycle many more electrical items with the new service.

Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “our residents are already the best in the country at recycling, and this is a great opportunity for them to recycle even more from the comfort of their own home.  They’ve done us proud with their recycling efforts, so we like to think this extra bit of convenience will make life a bit easier.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’d still encourage residents to give any wearable or just unwanted clothes to charity.  Basically, if it’s too tired or tatty for charity, pop it out on your green bin week – otherwise, see if you can find a good home.  We’re really keen to get this service up and running, and keep even more recyclable waste out of our grey bins.”

Residents can visit www.morerecycling.co.uk for more information about the service.