Oxford council introduces garden waste recycling charge

Oxford gardeners will soon have to pay to have their green waste recycled, with the council blaming government cuts for the decision.

The current scheme where green hessian sacks are emptied by the city council will be replaced by a chargeable service from 3 May.

Residents wishing to recycle will have to opt for a brown wheelie bin or purchase eco refuse sacks.

Councillor John Tanner said: "The new scheme is entirely voluntary."

He added "We hope people will continue to recycle."

Subscribing to the wheelie bin service will cost £35 per year. The eco sacks will be sold in packs of 10 for £25 and 20 for £35.

Mr Tanner, who is a board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: "The government cuts have forced us to introduce a paid-for garden waste service.

"The brown wheelie bins will keep garden clippings tidy and will be easier for residents and council staff to move around.

"If people don't have space they can use the recyclable paper sacks."

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