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We are committed to helping householders recycle as much as possible.

Reasons to recycle - save money and the environment.

Disposing of waste in landfill is becoming increasingly expensive. These costs are paid for by the council taxpayer. By recycling and composting, council tax is kept low. Recycling and composting saves money.

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financial benefits of recycling

Disposing of waste by sending it to landfill emits methane gas contributing to global warming. Methane is a greenhouse gas over 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (co2) To add to this, landfill sites in Oxfordshire are filling up and eventually new ones will have to be found in the county.

Government targets mean we need to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill by 50% by 2012/13. If we do not meet these targets, we will be fined by the government.

Why recycling is the better option

  • Recycling aluminium cans uses just 5% of the energy needed to make them from raw materials.
  • A newspaper can be recycled and back in your hand as another newspaper in just seven days.
  • Producing recycled paper uses 28-70% less energy than making virgin paper, and uses less water too.
  • The energy saved by recycling just one glass bottle can power a television set for 1.5 hours.

If you want to ask questions on any aspect of the recycling scheme please contact waste and recycling.

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