Residents asked not to contaminate recycling – bin may not be collected

Message from West Oxfordshire District Council

Residents are being urged to avoid contaminating their recycling bins with ordinary waste.

This week a growing number of collections have been mixed with a variety of non-recyclable items such as textiles, food and nappies.

It means the contamination has to be painstakingly removed before being sent off to be incinerated – a process that can cost thousands of pounds.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:  “We understand that with most residents at home, more waste is being generated but removing it is a costly and potentially hazardous process, particularly at this time.

“Please ensure your waste is put in the correct bin and store any excess recycling if necessary. If it is contaminated it may not be collected making the situation worse.”

Waste crews are instructed to check bins and leave a tag if they are contaminated asking the resident to re-sort it.

For a reminder of which bins to use see:

Updated scam advice for residents (charity worker scams)

Please bring to the attention of those who may not have access to this information.

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.

Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):

How to check if they are genuine:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

Request from Thames Water

There have been blockages in the local sewer system which runs across the ‘Curbridge Triangle’.

Can residents please ensure non-appropriate items are not flushed/washed into the system. In particular wet wipes have been an identified problem.

Please refer to Thames Water website for further information.

What causes blockages?

Love thy neighbour (noise and pollution)

West Oxfordshire District Council is asking residents to be neighbourly and considerate as we spend more time at home.

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown there are more people at home and with the days becoming longer residents are being urged to be extra considerate towards each other.

The council is asking residents to ensure noise is kept to a minimum, in particular dog barking and loud music.

Rubbish, recycling and garden waste collection services are still operating but if residents have an accumulation of rubbish at this time please stack or bag it for disposal when the current emergency is over and where possible please compost garden waste.

The council regularly deals with complaints of neighbour nuisance but the vast majority of cases are dealt with between neighbours.

The council is also urging residents not to light bonfires. Coronavirus can cause serious respiratory problems which could be made much worse if a sufferer is exposed to smoke.

If you are affected by nuisances such as smoke from bonfires or nuisance noise, the first action to take is to go directly to the person causing the problem and tell them that you are being disturbed. As we are all practising social distancing right now, please stay safe and remain at least two metres apart if talking with neighbours.

More information and a helpful letter template for neighbours can be found at:

If the problem persists, residents can make a complaint though the council and they will be asked to keep a log for a period of three weeks.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We have a wonderful community spirit here in West Oxfordshire and I would encourage residents to give some extra thought for each other at this time.

“By being considerate to our neighbours we can help make staying at home more bearable for everyone.”

Contact Information

West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team

01993 861616

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams

Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

In Oxfordshire, County Council’s Trading Standards has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

Covid-19. Local Facebook group

Dear neighbours,

We have had many texts and phone calls from people who either need help, or are happy to help others. We hope we have helped in some way, however it is clear that many people still want to feel part of a ‘community’ and are missing social interaction.

We have set up a Facebook Group for Curbridge and Lew Residents who wish to meet and chat to others online, share experiences and help each other during this challenging time. It is also a place to share good news and put a smile on each other’s faces. The only group rule is that we be kind to each other, after all, we are all in it together.

Please find the Facebook Group here:  or just search “CurbridgeandLew” on Facebook and it should come up.

Thanks to Curbridge and Lew Parish Council for sharing this, and please adhere to government guidelines regarding Corona virus at all times.

Best wishes,

Tony, Angela, Rachel, Rob, Lorenc, Alison