Your chance to talk rubbish and recycling with Oxfordshire’s councils

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year?

Published: Thursday, 11th January 2018

We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60 per cent but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

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.

We want to do better at recycling and the new joint countywide waste strategy is critical to this. We know that on average over half of the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled by placing them in the other bins available.

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.

Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “More than 80 per cent of household waste can be recycled in Cherwell but we are always keen to explore new ways to increase that figure. In recent years, this has included introducing batteries and small electrical products to our list of recyclable items which can be left on top of bins for our crews to collect. This consultation will now give residents the chance to put forward their own ideas of what they think could be added to this list and extend the opportunities for recycling even further.”

Councillor Yvonne Constance, cabinet member for environment at Oxfordshire County Council said: “We want to help residents to increase the amount they recycle and have looked around at what other councils are doing. This is a long-term strategy and we will not be making any immediate changes however we are interested in which of these the residents of Oxfordshire think may work for them as we seek to minimise the overall amount of residual waste produced in the county.”

Do you want to recycle and reduce waste? So help us by taking part in the online survey at www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk. The survey is now open and will close on 18 February.