End of curbside motor oil collection

Motor oil will no longer be collected from the curb for recycling with immediate effect.

West Oxfordshire District Council is also changing how it will collect cooking oil, which must now be placed in the hamper with other food waste, rather than left in bottles on collection day.

The changes follow a recent decision to stop curbside car battery collection, which was halted last fall due to lack of use.

Councilor Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “For our waste management and recycling services to operate efficiently and profitably for the taxpayer, it is important that we periodically review the services we offer. to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

“As a result, we have decided to no longer accept motor oil and car batteries curbside following a review of our recycling services. The vast majority of households do not use these marginal services, so at In light of this, combined with addressing external issues such as rising fuel prices, it makes financial and practical sense to withdraw them.”

He said curbside services are under greater pressure due to working from home and the council is now asking residents to add small amounts of cooking oil to their normal food waste to speed up collection for the crews.

Waste contractor Ubico collected an average of two to three car batteries each week, with residents having to book a collection slot before a special trip was made by Ubico to collect the batteries.

Car batteries, motor oil and excess amounts of cooking oil can be disposed of at the Dix Pit Home Recycling Center. Old batteries can be returned to garages or taken to a licensed scrap dealer for recycling.

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