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Keeping Oxford Beautiful

20.02.2019, 16:08

Keeping Oxford Beautiful

Oxford Direct Services (ODS) is supporting Oxford Civic Society’s annual Spring Clean community event, OxClean, where volunteers come out in force to tidy up rubbish.

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This year’s event will be held from 1-3 March across the historic and beautiful city of Oxford. ODS staff along with four 3.5-ton caged tipper lorries, are being made available to collect rubbish from volunteers at the roadside. Based on its involvement over the past decade, ODS expects to remove over four tons of  residual and recyclable waste.

The OxClean initiative dedicated to keeping the city clean all year round and make it a welcoming and pleasant place for people to live, work, relax and visit.  It involves a range of local groups, including residents’ and allotment associations, cyclists, schools, restaurants, colleges, sports clubs and representatives of local businesses.

Volunteers each undertake to give up two hours of their time to tackle litter across the city’s streets, public spaces and ‘grot spots’.  Around 1,000 people are expected to become involved this year. 

Explaining the importance of the initiative, Vernon Porter from the Oxford Civic Society, says: “We rid the city of a great deal of rubbish that accumulates over the course of the year and encourage civic pride and responsibility at a grass roots level – hopefully fostering a change in people’s behaviour and therefore reducing the litter problem over time.”

Adrian Moss, ODS’ streetscenes operations manager, explains ODS’s involvement, when he says: “We’re a key partner working with the Oxford Civic Society to make the OxClean Spring Clean a big success.  Ultimately our raison d’etre is the same as their’s – to make Oxford a lovely place to spend time in.  And that means creating a rubbish free environment.”

This week sees the formal launch of this year’s annual OxClean Spring Clean. A brief ceremony will be held at the Co-operative Food supermarket in Summertown, 228-240 Bath Road, Oxford at 2pm on February 20, 2019 aimed at publicising and encouraging people to take part.   

For information on taking part, visit

About Oxford Direct Services

Founded in 2012, Oxford Direct Services is like a social enterprise wholly owned by Oxford City Council.  Employing over 700 staff, ODS serves Oxford City Council – its largest customer – providing services to residents and businesses to keep the city running day and night. In addition, ODS serves a large number of businesses, schools, universities and other organisations in and around Oxford. ODS provides a range of services in the following areas: recycling and waste management, highways and engineering, construction and motor transport along with pest control, landscaping and ground maintenance. All ODS’ profits are returned to Oxford City Council to help fund public services.  

ODS also provides a range of motoring services for local residents driving standard vehicles including MOTs, routine servicing and bodywork repairs. 

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