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Thousands join Oxford garden waste scheme

More than 2,000 people have subscribed to a garden waste collection service in Oxford.

Residents in the city will pay £35 for the fortnightly collections of garden rubbish starting on Tuesday 3 May.

The optional service will replace green hessian sack collections and will take place on normal recycling days.

Anyone using the service will be given a brown wheelie bin. The council said all residents should stop using the hessian sacks from 29 April.

Residents can also buy biodegradable sacks at £25 for 10 or £35 for 20.

City councillor John Tanner said: "We very much regret having to charge for the new service but I hope residents will continue to recycle as much as they can."

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