DRIVERS queued up at Oxford's Redbridge waste recycling centre from 8am yesterday morning to get rid of two months' worth of household rubbish.

Recycling centres reopened across Oxfordshire on Monday and staff have been kept busy processing items from 8am to 4pm.

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Residents are being advised that they should only turn up if they cannot ‘safely store their waste at home’.

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Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for environment Yvonne Constance thanked residents for abiding by social distancing guidelines at Alkerton, Ardley, Dix Pit, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge and Stanford in the Vale.

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She added: “We were committed to get these seven sites open and we knew today would be very busy with people bringing in their essential waste. As expected, traffic queues have built up but our residents have played their part by being considerate and adhering to the revised site layouts.

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“We know things at the recycling sites will be busy for the foreseeable future, so I hope people will continue to be patient. My main plea to residents is to consider whether they can wait a few days or longer before visiting their nearest site."

For an initial period, no hire vans or trailers will be permitted onto sites.

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Vehicle numbers and parking bays are reduced on site, and once the maximum is reached the site will operate on a one-out one-in basis and residents are being warned of the potential for long delays and queues. Only one resident is permitted out of the vehicle, unless it is to remove a heavy load.

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