Oxford city council has given the go-ahead to a new recycling scheme which should more than double current recycling levels. The new scheme, to be launched in September 2006, will be introduced in two stages. In the first stage the collection of garden and cardboard waste, currently available to just 13,000 homes, will be expanded to include the whole city. Then, from November, new blue recycling boxes and green wheelie bins for non-recyclable waste are to be assigned to most Oxford households. Collection rounds will then operate on a weekly alternating basis, with paper and glass plus household waste picked up one week followed by the collection of plastics, cans, textiles and garden waste the next. Varied options are available for flats or housing with no space for the new bins and extra bins will be provided for larger families and enthusiastic recyclers. Currently Oxford recycles around 19 per cent of its waste.
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