Mixed Recycling

What is mixed recycling?

Our mixed recycling service is designed to let businesses throughout Oxford safely and easily recycle dry mixed materials.

Products that are free from contaminants can be sent for recycling in a way that’s cost-efficient, fast, and convenient for businesses of all sizes. At Oxford Direct Services, we offer collection six days a week, and we can also provide the appropriate bins and recycling sacks to make it easy for your organisation to begin responsible mixed recycling.

What can go in your mixed recycling?

A number of items can go into your mixed recycling bin, including:

  • Glass
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Metal tins, cans and foil
  • Most plastic packaging
  • Cartons
  • Aerosols
  • Foil trays
  • Food tins and drink

What don’t we accept?

Please note that we are not able to accept mixed recycling bins that include:

  • Black sacks and bin bags
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Paint
  • Carpet
  • Building materials
  • Tapes (VHS) and discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray)

What happens to your mixed recycling waste?

Materials are collected and sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they are sorted and sent to different manufacturers for repurpose.

Recycled materials are made into new products that are used here in the UK; for example, all newsprint is now made from 100% recycled paper. The UK also exports recyclable materials to other countries, too.  

What types of bins do you need for mixed recycling?

Mixed recycling bins are available in the following sizes:

  • 240 L (holds 3 sacks)
  • 360 L (holds 5 sacks)
  • 820 L (holds 13 sacks)
  • 1100 L (holds 17 sacks)

Need more information?

At Oxford Direct Services, we are more than happy to assist with your mixed recycling needs and answer any questions you may have. For more information, contact us via email on directservices@oxford.gov.uk, or call 01865 684988.

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