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Recycling and waste

A to Z Recycling Directory

See below for an A to Z recycling directory explaining where you can recycle various items in Oxford. Recycling contact details can also be seen towards the bottom of the page.

Household recycling collections

Information about what can be recycled at the kerbside can be round at out What can be recycled page.

Countywide recycling information

You can also visit the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership recycling and reusing A-Z - your guide to recycling and reusing in Oxfordshire.

Any questions?

If your item is not on the list, please contact us at recycling@oxford.gov.uk or on Twitter to find out how to recycle it if possible.

Recycling A to Z

Material How to recycle  
Aerosols Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Must be fully discharged. Recycling icon - aerosols
Aluminium cans Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - food tins and drink cans
Aluminium foil Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - foil
Animal and pet waste Animal waste and bedding from domestic animals is accepted at Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre.  
Asbestos Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Visit the Oxfordshire County Council Asbestos page for more information. Recycling icon - asbestos
Bathroom suites Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Limit on quantities - visit Oxfordshire County Council Recycling Centre Charges page. Recycling icon - building materials
Batteries (household) Kerbside collection - Battery Recycling. Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre, Oxford Town Hall reception, Curry's, Warlands Bike Shop on the Botley Road, Wolvercote Farmers Market on a Sunday. Recycling icon - batteries
Batteries (vehicle) Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - car batteries
Bedding, pillows and duvets


Some charities such as the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary accept duvets to be reused as bedding for the animals.

The Fire Fighters Charity currently have textile banks at most Oxfordshire fire stations. Bedding will be accepted at these sites as long as it has been washed and cleaned before donation.

Duvets cannot be recycled so should be placed in the refuse container if taken to a Waste Recycling Centre.
Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Bicycles Bicycles in a good condition can be taken to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for refurbishment. Other bikes can be placed in the scrap metal containers for recycling. Use Oxford Freegle. Contact us on 249811 to arrange special/bulky collections. Recycling icon - scrap metal
Books Some bring banks, charity shops or use Oxford Freegle.  
Bottles (glass) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - mixed glass bottles and jars
Bottles (plastic) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - mixed glass bottles and jars
Cans (steel & aluminium) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - food tins and drink cans
Cardboard (any) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), small amounts can go into your home composter or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - cardboard
Cards Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - cardboard
Carpet Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for disposal. Cannot be recycled. Advertise locally for reuse, Oxford Freegle. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Carrier bags Reuse for supermarket shopping or for bagging refuse. Return to collection points at main supermarket sites. Recycling icon - plastic bags
Cartons (food and drink) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), take to Union Street Car Park, Tesco Retail Park, Mill Road or Ferry Sports Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - cartons
Cartridges (printer/copier) Some charities will take these. Take back to point of sale. Accepted at Cartridge City, 115 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0HD, Tel 204600. Recycling icon - electrical
Catalogues Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - paper
CDs/DVDs Some bring banks. Charity shops. Take to Orinoco. Send to reprocessors - listings on www.reuze.co.uk, use Oxford Freegle. Recycling icon - tapes and discs
Chemicals (h/hold) See 'Hazardous waste'. Recycling icon - household and garden chemicals
Christmas cards Kerbside collection (blue bin or box). Collection points at some supermarkets and shops. Recycling icon - cardboard
Christmas trees Collection points around the City during first two weeks of January, or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - garden waste
Clinical waste Contact us on 249811 to arrange special collections. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Clothes Some bring banks, charity shops, use Oxford Freegle or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - textiles
Compost Kerbside collection (green bag or brown bin), Redbridge or a home composter. Discount composters can be obtained from the RecycleNow website. Recycling icon - garden waste
Computers Advertise locally, Oxfam (for company donations only), use Oxford Freegle, or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Contact us on 249811 to arrange special/bulky collections. Recycling icon - electrical
Cookers See 'White goods'. Recycling icon - electrical
Cooking oil Small amounts can go into your composter. Otherwise place in refuse in sealed container. Recycling icon - cooking oil
Crockery/Cutlery Contact Emmaus Oxford, advertise locally, use Oxford Freegle or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre.  
Directories See 'Catalogues'. Recycling icon - paper
DIY waste Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Limit on quantities - visit Oxfordshire County Council Recycling Centre Charges page. Recycling icon - building materials
Egg boxes See 'Cardboard'. Not plastics. Recycling icon - cardboard
Electrical equipment e.g. heaters, clocks, watches, games consoles, hairdryers, irons, microwaves, toasters, radios, vacuum cleaners, shaving equipment, stereos, smoke alarms and CD/DVD players

Small electrical items that can fit into a standard sized carrier bag (e.g. lamps, telephones, electric toothbrushes, hair dryers, DVD players, games consoles, toasters, kettles and irons etc.) can be recycled on top of your blue or green bin lid on collection day. Some bring bank sites also offer electricals recycling for small items.

Contact Emmaus Oxford, charity shops, advertise locally, use Oxford Freegle or contact us on 249811 to arrange special/bulky collections.

Recycling icon - electrical
Envelopes (any) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - paper
Fire extinguishers Old fire extinguishers can be returned to the retailer or supplier. Please note that extensively corroded extinguishers cannot be accepted.

Please do not place fire extinguishers in your dustbin or in the containers at Waste Recycling Centre as they may explode if they are crushed. Staff at the Waste Recycling Centres will show you to the area where they can be stored safely before being reused. Please make sure that:
  • All empty extinguishers have the handles securely taped together
  • Full/part full extinguishers have safety pin in place
  • Carbon Dioxide extinguishers should have a blanking cap if a swivel horn is not attached
Recycling icon - gas bottles
Fluorescent tubes Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - electrical
Food waste Kerbside collection (food caddy). Cooked and uncooked food can go into your composter. Food Waste Recycling page. Recycling icon - food waste
Fridges/freezers Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Contact us on 249811 to arrange special/bulky collections. Recycling icon - electrical
Furnishings Advertise locally, charity shops, or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - furniture
Furniture Contact Emmaus Oxford, charity shops, advertise locally, use Oxford Freegle or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Contact us on 249811 to arrange special/bulky collections. Recycling icon - furniture
Garden waste Kerbside collection (brown bin or biodegradable paper based compostable sacks), use home composter or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - garden waste
Gas cylinders See Manufacturer or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - gas bottles
Glass bottles & jars Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - mixed glass bottles and jars
Glass - sheet Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for disposal. Cannot be recycled. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Glasses See 'Spectacles' Recycling icon - spectacles
Handbags Charity shops, Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - textiles
Hardcore and rubble Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Limit on quantities - visit Oxfordshire County Council Recycling Centre Charges page. Recycling icon - building materials
Hazardous waste Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - household and garden chemicals
Junk mail Kerbside collection (blue bin or box). Recycling icon - paper
Kitchen paper Can go into your composter. Recycling icon - paper
Lawnmowers Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - electrical
Light bulbs

Old style light bulbs can be disposed of in your green wheelie bin or taken to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Fluorescent tubes, halogen bulbs and low energy light bulbs should not be put in the green bin and should be taken to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. You can also visit the Recolight website to search for your nearest collection point for low energy light bulbs.

Recycling icon - electrical
Magazines Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - paper
Mattresses Advertise locally or use Oxford Freegle. Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for disposal. Cannot be recycled. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Medicines Return to your chemist.  
Metal Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - scrap metal
Mobile phones On top of your blue or green bin on collection day in a carrier bag, at one of our bring banks, or return to retailer. Recycling icon - electrical
Musical instruments Charity shops, advertise locally, use Oxford Freegle or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre.  
Needles & syringes Contact us on 249811 to arrange special collections. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Newspapers Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks, or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Soiled newspapers can go into your composter Recycling icon - paper
Oil - cooking See 'Cooking oil'. Recycling icon - cooking oil
Oil - engine Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - used engine oil
Oil filters Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.  
Paint Take to Orinoco. Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre accept hardened paint but not liquid paint. Recycling icon - paint
Paper - coloured Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), put into your composter. Recycling icon - paper
Paper - white office Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks, or use to wrap food waste. Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Shredded paper can go into your composter Recycling icon - paper
Paper - wrapping Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - paper
Plasterboard Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Limit on quantities - visit Oxfordshire County Council Recycling Centre Charges page. Recycling icon - building materials
Plastic bags See 'Carrier bags'. Recycling icon - plastic bags
Plastic bottles (any) Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - plastic bottles
Plastic - margarine, ice cream & yogurt containers Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - household plastic packaging
Plastic - plant pots Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), bring banks or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - household plastic packaging
Polystyrene Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for disposal. Cannot be recycled. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Shoes See 'Clothes'. Recycling icon - textiles
Smoke alarms On top of your blue or green bin lid on collection day in a carrier bag or at one of our bring bank sites. Recycling icon - electrical
Soil/stones/hardcore Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Limit on quantities - visit Oxfordshire County Council Recycling Centre Charges page. Recycling icon - building materials
Spectacles There are many charities such as Vision Aid which benefit from your old spectacles. Most opticians also collect old spectacles for donation to charity. Recycling icon - spectacles
Telephone directories See 'Catalogues'. Recycling icon - paper
Tetra-Pak cartons Kerbside collection (blue bin or box), take to Union Street Car Park, Tesco Retail Park, Mill Road, Ferry Sports Centre or Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - cartons
Textiles - clean See Clothes. Recycling icon - textiles
Timber/logs Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - garden waste
Toner cartridges There are many charities that can raise money from your old toner cartridge - just search the web to find a charity of your choice. Recycling icon - electrical
Tools - garden/carpentry Take to Orinoco or Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.  
Toys Donate to charity shops, advertise locally, use Oxford Freegle or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for landfill.  
TVs Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Recycling icon - electrical
Tyres - car & motorbike Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. There is a charge - visit Oxfordshire County Council Recycling Centre Charges page. Recycling icon - tyres
Video cassettes Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre for disposal. Cannot be recycled. Recycling icon - non-recyclables
Washing machines See 'White goods' Recycling icon - electrical
White goods Contact Emmaus Oxford, advertise locally, use Oxford Freegle or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Contact us on 249811 to arrange special/bulky collections. Recycling icon - electrical
Wood Take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. They accept all types of wood including MDF and chipboard. Recycling icon - building materials
Yellow Pages Kerbside collection (blue bin or box) or take to Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre. Recycling icon - paper

Contact Details

Daily Info

Free sheet with adverts for second hand items. Free website line ads.
01865 241133
dailyinfo@dailyinfo.co.uk
Daily Info website

Charity Shops

You can donate unwanted goods to charity shops who always need good quality used goods; particularly clothes, CDs and books. You can also donate furniture - including sofas and upholstered chairs (which must comply with Flammability Regulations) - wardrobes, tables, chairs, book cases and coffee tables etc.

Oxfam
Barnardo's
Helen and Douglas House

Emmaus Oxford Furniture Store

Collection of  furniture and electrical goods in good condition to pass to people on low incomes.
01865 763698
furniture@emmausoxford.org
Emmaus Oxford website

Oxford Freegle

You might not need your old sofa or wheelbarrow any more but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Don't throw it away - give it away. Freegle groups make this happen online. Sign up, post an offer of something you want to get rid of, or a wanted for something you need.
Oxford Freegle website

Orinoco - The Oxfordshire Scrapstore

Takes old garden hand tools, scraps suitable for craft projects, good quality paint, to pass to residents and community groups.
Bullingdon Community Centre, Peat Moors (off The Slade), Headington, OX3 7HS
01865 761113 or 07960 661748
oxorinoco@gmail.com
Orinoco website

Oxfordshire County Council

Waste reduction pack, Home composter (at discount price for Oxford residents)
Waste Management Group, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, OX1 1NE
08450 504550
waste.management@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Oxfordshire County Council website

Oxford City Council

Recycling and refuse, fly tipping, street cleaning, bulky collections, bring banks.
Direct Services, Marsh Road, Cowley, OX4 2HH
01865 249811
recycling@oxford.gov.uk

Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre

Open Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm, Thursday late night opening until 8pm from 1 April to 30 September
Behind the Park & Ride on the Abingdon Road, OX1 4XG
01865 721464

Page last updated 11 April 2014



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