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Verdant to provide green waste scheme in Oxford

Verdant Group has been appointed by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) to provide a new green waste recycling scheme.

The new service is for an initial three year period and will be based on a fortnightly collection of green waste-dedicated wheelie bins that will replace an eco-sack scheme.

It starts on June 5, with bins initially delivered to 4,000 householders. This will later be extended to more of the district’s 55,000 residents, with subscribers paying just 55p per week.

Verdant development director Roger Edwards said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with SODC and its residents on implementing the new green waste scheme, and making it successful.

“We know how to deliver an efficient, flexible service that becomes an integral part of residents’ lives. People are becoming more attuned to doing their bit for the environment, and we’re confident that residents will help the new scheme make a meaningful contribution.”

With collected waste such as grass clippings, weeds, leaves and hedge trimmings delivered to Verdant’s composting facility run by Agrivert near Wallingford, the company believes the initiative will contribute towards improving the council’s recycling rate and supporting a sustainable local composting service.

SODC cabinet member responsible for waste management David Dodds said: “Verdant’s people impressed everyone throughout the selection process with their professionalism and commitment to customer care. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them.”

All compost produced will be used to improve local farmland.

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