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Bins delivered in recycling drive

Thousands of green wheelie bins have been delivered to homes in south Oxfordshire under council plans to roughly double the amount it recycles.

South Oxfordshire District Council's alternate-week green recycling scheme was launched in Henley on Monday.

Residents were issued green bins for recycling and asked to use grey bins for weekly non-food waste collections.

Some people said it was hard storing two wheelie bins and a town councillor has started a petition against them.

The council said it recycled about 44% of its household waste but with the introduction of the new green bins it hoped to increase this to about 80%.

'Unsightly problem'

The green bins can be used for card, paper, glass, tin, plastic and foil as well as Tetra Pak drinking cartons. If the council fails to meet central government's recycling targets it faces being fined.

Henley Town councillor Jeni Wood has started a petition against the green bins.

She said it made the streets look "unsightly" because of the large number of terraced homes in Henley that lacked the space to store two wheelie bins off the street.

"A lot of older people can't manage them, they aren't easy to wheel and they are very large," she said.

Mrs Wood said she was mainly against "the idea that people have to have these huge bins whether they want them or not".

South Oxfordshire District Cllr David Dodds said: "There are going to be teething problems and there are going to be people who don't like change and we understand that.

"But we are at a time in history where change has got to come otherwise the cost of this to residents would be astronomical."

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