The garden waste collections, that were temporarily suspended, will return to its normal fortnightly collections from next week.

Garden Waste collections in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse will resume on October 25. From then on, customers can put their brown garden waste bins out on their normal collection day in their recycling week every fortnight.

The service was temporarily paused to ensure rubbish, recycling and food waste collections weren’t affected during the national shortage of HGV drivers. Collections initially were reinstated last month on a four-weekly basis and now the councils’ waste contractor Biffa is confident it has enough drivers to restore the service in full.

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To make up for the disruption to the service the councils are extending customers’ current subscription to the service by three months.

Councillor Sue Cooper, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environment, climate change and nature, said: “We want to thank our garden waste customers for their understanding during this disruption and I am sure they’re just as pleased as us that the fortnightly service is getting back underway. I’d like to apologise again that the service hasn’t met its usual high standards in the past few months, and I hope our customers feel we’re making it up to them by extending this year’s subscriptions by three months."

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