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.
Did you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year?
While are among the best in the country at recycling and composting, recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.
This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy, which sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030 and which 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, more than half the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled – by placing them in the other available bins.
Through this consultation, residents are being asked what would help them to recycle more and reduce their overall waste. This could include expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on leftover 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.
Councillor Tony Harbour, Cabinet Member for waste and recycling at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “South Oxfordshire residents have a great track record for recycling and I would like to thank everyone for all their efforts. We are pleased to work with the county council and other districts on planning for waste and recycling services for the future, and will continue to do all we can to provide high quality collection services for our residents.”