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City scheme to double recycling
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Oxford City Council hopes the new scheme will double recycling to 40%
Moves have begun to double the amount of household rubbish recycled by an Oxfordshire city.

Oxford City Council hopes a new fortnightly waste collection service will increase the amount of rubbish it recycles from 19% to 40%.

Throughout September a garden waste and cardboard collection service is being expanded to incorporate the whole city.

From November, homes will take delivery of a box for recyclable materials and a wheelie bin for garden waste.

'Strong support'

Under the new scheme, garden waste and the wheelie bins will be collected one week and recyclable materials the next week on an alternate basis.

Councillor Jean Fooks, executive member for a cleaner city, said: "With the new recycling service in place we will be able to more than double our recycling rate in Oxford.

"With the strong support of residents we could push that rate up beyond 40%."

Over the next six weeks the council will hold six question-and-answer meetings across the city for residents to find out more about the new scheme.

The scheme is expected to be up and running by spring 2007 although people can choose to opt out of the green waste service.

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