Bin Collections

Putting non-recyclable items in recycling can contaminate a whole truckload, which is then rejected at the recycling facility. This turns neighbours’ recycling into rubbish and ultimately wastes energy and raw materials by removing these items from the recycling process.

Bin crews in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse districts have stepped up monitoring of recycling bins in recent months as the lockdown has meant an increase in household waste, which has meant an increased risk of people putting the wrong items in recycling bins.

To remind residents about what can (and can’t) be recycled, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have devised a new recycling quiz available here



The collection day for both Appleton & Eaton is normally a Wednesday and the collection alternates between one week "Grey" collection and the next "Green" collection.


"Grey week collection" is food waste and rubbish for landfill and the black bin.


"Green week collection" is food waste, recycling Green bin and (but only if you have paid for/ contracted) Brown bin garden waste.


For the KITCHEN WASTE BINS...biodegradable bin liners for sale in the Appleton Community Shop.



Dog waste can go either in the dog bins provided, litter bins if securely wrapped and if residents so choose it can be put it in their dust bin. Under no circumstances should it be put in brown bins. If this is noticed by the crews the bin will not be emptied.



Normal batteries can be collected from the kerbside: please place these seperately in a clear "sandwich-type" bag and place on top of your green recycling bin. Car, industrial or batteries with trailing wires are not accepted.




The council provides a garden waste service for items such as grass cuttings, leaves, branches, weeds and hedge clippings. This is a fortnightly collection from a wheeled bin. Garden waste is collected on the same day as your recycling - to check when this is, see our collections page.


How to order a garden waste bin


A 240 litre garden waste wheeled bin costs only £40.50 per year.  The best way to order your bin is online here.  Payment for this service is by paperless direct debit only. It is an annual subscription and payment will be taken once a year. You will receive a yearly invoice to notify you when and how much will be collected from your account.



Want a free reminder about when to put your bins out when collections change because of Bank Holidays or bad weather? Send a message with the word waste and your collection day (Wednesday) to 07797 870371 and you will receive a text the day before your collection. For more information visit www.morerecycling.co.uk or call 03000 610610 (lines open between 7:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday).


Up-to-date alerts about collection days are available from the  smartphone app Binzone. More information, including how to download Binzone can be found by following this link, or by telephoning 03000 610610.


The following can be recycled:

  •  Broken or unusable small electrical goods in grey bin week.

  • Tatty, torn and unusable old clothes and textiles in green bin week.

Just put them in a tied carrier bag next to your bin on your normal collection day.

  • Small electrical items

Yes please…

Broken toasters, kettles, irons, hairdryers, drills, radios, small electronic toys, telephones, power tools, straighteners, shavers, clocks and alarms.

No thanks…

Large electrical items such as televisions, microwaves, ovens, fridges, washing machines, etc.

You can get rid of large items with our bulky waste service – visit this page  to find out more.

  • Textiles

Yes please…

Worn out clothes, bedsheets, duvet covers, curtains – ripped and stained ones are fine too.

No thanks…

Duvets. Good quality or just unwanted clothes – please give these to charity.

Visit the collections page  to find out when it’s a grey or green bin week.

What happens to my items after they’ve been picked up?

Small electrical items - taken to a specialist site in Newbury for sorting, storing and processing into new gadgets.

Textiles - taken to a sorting warehouse in East London – any cotton and polyester gets cut into industrial rags, and any wool is shredded and made into felt or new yarn.