Why recycle?

The importance of recycling

Thanks to you, our residents, Oxfordshire is amongst the very best in the country at recycling and composting.

Comprehensive recycling schemes are in place at the kerbside and at Household Waste Recycling Centres to enable as much recycling as possible. Reducing waste, reusing and recycling means more use can be made of finite resources for a longer period of time.

Recycling helps to conserve natural resources such as oil, metal and water.  By recycling, we reduce the amount of natural resources needed to make products and packaging, meaning less mining and extraction. For example, a plastic bottle can be recycled into another bottle or polyester fibres for use in clothing. Recycling also saves energy; a recycling an aluminium drinks can uses 5% of the energy it would take to make a new can from raw materials.

Recycling is also significantly cheaper than sending it to incineration, so saves tax-payers' money, leaving more money to spend on other important services.

Recycling food waste

Approximately 30% of the waste in an average household green rubbish bin is food waste. If you have done all you can to minimise the amount of food you throw away, what can't be eaten can be recycled.

When it is recycled it is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant in Cassington (Oxfordshire). This produces enough electricity to power over 4,000 homes, and also fertiliser for local farmland.

Recycling food is easy and saves valuable resources by producing renewable energy and fertiliser which is used locally, as well as helping the Council and its residents by saving money from the cost of disposal.

By recycling your food waste you can feel good knowing it is generating a valuable resource within your local area, and you will reduce the amount of waste sent for incineration. Food caddies and bins are collected weekly, which reduces odours compared to waste being in your green rubbish bin.