Residents in West Oxfordshire can now sign up to receive information and updates about their waste and recycling collections direct to their email inbox.
Householders can choose what level of information they receive, ranging from occasional messages with important information about changes or disruptions to their service, for example due to bank holidays or adverse weather conditions, to weekly reminders about which bins to put out for collection.
Anyone who wishes to receive email alerts can sign up online at www.westoxon.gov.uk
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “There have been big changes for our residents with the introduction of weekly food waste recycling, free garden waste collections and non-recyclable rubbish collections moving from weekly to fortnightly, and also changes to collections days for the majority of the District.
“We have gone to great efforts to keep residents informed every step of the way to try to ease them through the changes with as little inconvenience as possible to them and are pleased that this seems to have worked. The improvements to our website are the latest measure to try to ensure that people have access to the information they need and the new email alerts will mean they get this more directly and quicker than before.”
The Council is hoping to introduce further email alert options at a later date to give residents the chance to receive information about other Council services that may affect them.
The new waste and recycling service was introduced by the Council to give people more opportunities to recycle and reduce costs incurred through landfill penalties. It is hoped that the new service will double West Oxfordshire’s 34% recycling rate within the first year.
The new service includes:
- Weekly food waste recycling collections
- Weekly black box recycling
- Fortnightly optional garden waste collections
- Fortnightly rubbish (non-recyclable) collections, alternating with garden waste collections
Residents can also call the Council for information about their waste and recycling collections on 01993 861025.