Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Oxford ReFashion Event

March 3rd, 2016

imageThe award-winning ReFashion event takes place at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday 10th March 2016, 12pm-6pm.

There will be a catwalk show featuring students and charity shops, ‘swishing’, opportunities to transform garments into something new and give old items a new lease of life. There’ll also be a chance to buy upcycled textile crafts or take part in free upcycling or mending demonstrations. Refreshments will be provided by Donnington Doorstep.

Stallholders at this year’s event:
Sue Hazell Sewing School – mending and alterations
Daydream Days – soft furnishings and handcrafted gifts
Waterstones – craft and sewing books
Oxfam – secondhand and vintage clothes and items
Helen and Douglas House – second hand and vintage clothes and items
Orinoco – the Oxfordshire scrapstore demonstrating textile upcycling and reuse
Fusion Arts – community art projects and workshops
City of Oxford College – fashion students
Vintage Patch – unique iron on patches made from reclaimed materials
Mme B Boutique – bespoke vintage wedding accessories
The Nappy Shed – promoting the use of cotton nappies
Naomi Driscoll
Miss Foxglove – handmade accessories
Sew and Sew
Moo and Meow
Streets Revolution
Gardens in Time
Lucy Loves
Cassiopeia Knits – hand knitted and crocheted accessories
Westbrook Knits – recycling and reinventing woolly accessories
Shira Rachel Fisher
Trading for Development
Jessica Graham Millinery
May Tree Jewellery

ReFashion is part of Oxford Fashion Week.

For more information about ReFashion or to find out how to get involved email


Stop littering: put a net on it!

April 2nd, 2014

recycling box with net on top of the lidIs your street a mess on bin day? Windy weather can blow the lids off recycling boxes and strew the contents everywhere. If your recycling is blown around the street, it won’t get collected as recycling, so it’s very important to try to secure your recycling box as much as possible.

To help with this problem, West Oxfordshire District Council are offering free nets to stretch over the top of your recycling box, either over the lid or instead of a lid. These will help the contents of the box to stay inside until it’s time to be collected.

Next time you’re in Witney town centre, you can pick up a recycling-box net free from the district council “shop” on Welch Way, or you can order nets by calling 01993 861000.

If you believe that your street is particularly bad after recycling collections, please contact the council and they may be able to offer some extra help.

Recycling water filter cartridges in Witney

October 23rd, 2013
Three used water filters on table

It’s the reason why your boiler furs up and your taps look dull – yes, Witney is in a hard-water area. That’s why lots of local people choose to use water filters. So what do you do with the used filter cartridges? If you use the common Brita brand you’re in luck – it’s easy to recycle them in Witney.

Where can I get my used water filter cartridges recycled?

Several Witney stores have collection boxes where you can drop off your used cartridges for recycling:

Argos (Market Square)
Cargo (near the Woolgate car park)
Robert Dyas (Market Square, next to Argos!)

It’s free and you probably won’t have to talk to anyone either – just drop them in the box.

Box for placing used filter cartridges

Recycling box in the Witney branch of Cargo.

What happens to the cartridges after I put them in the box?

According to the BRITA website, the plastic body of the cartridge is pre-cleaned and then ground up into a granulate which goes on to become other plastic things. The filtering material (the dark bit inside) is split into two parts: activated carbon, which is returned to the manufacturer and reactivated for other uses, and ion exchangers, which go through a thorough purification process before being reused to make new water filter cartridges.

Is it actually worth recycling them?

Definitely. The recycling process requires considerably less energy than turning crude oil into new plastic materials. Also, anybody who followed us for Plastic-Free July will know that plastic items don’t just disappear into thin air when you’ve finished with them; they end up in landfill, or, worse, in the oceans.

As for the transport logistics, Brita organises things so that the vehicle delivering new cartridges to a store will carry used cartridges from that store on its way back. In other words, recycling the cartridges doesn’t involve any extra journeys.

Why didn’t I know this before?

For some reason, there’s nothing about recycling filter cartridges on the Oxfordshire County Council Recycling A-Z, or on the Recycle Now website. This blog post was written purely so that this information would be on the web in easy-to-find form for Witney residents. If any of your neighbours ask about water filter cartrige recycling in Witney, please point them to this post!