Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year?
Residents in Oxfordshire have been amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now, and our countywide recycling rate is around 60%. We can do better though; Oxfordshire County Council are now noticing waste levels rising and recycling rates have dropped over the last few years despite residents being able to recycle more things at the kerbside.
Reducing the amount that we throw away puts more money in our pockets – it is estimated that a family of 4 throws away around £60 of food each month. Around 60% of the materials placed in the bin could be recycled using our current systems, if this was all placed in the correct bin it would save the council around £1.7 million a year which could then be used to improve services. You can find out more about how to reduce your waste at recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk.
Now, all the councils in Oxfordshire are working together to seek your views on how we can help you to reduce the amount you throw away, and recycle more.
This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy. This sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer. Then, each council partner will adopt changes later in the year.
Through this consultation residents are being asked what would help them to reduce their overall waste consumption and recycle more. This includes expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on left-over food, upcycling clothing or donating or buying second hand goods. The councils are also seeking views on more radical schemes that have been implemented elsewhere in the country, such as changing bin sizes and collection frequency.
Do you want to help Oxfordshire recycle and reduce waste?
The consultation closes on 18 February 2018.