Oxfordshire has been named the best performing county council waste disposal authority in England for the sixth year in a row, thanks to residents’ commitment to the environment.
Last year residents recycled or composted a larger proportion of their household waste than the previous year, while the national average for recycling fell, according to new government figures.
Nearly 20,000 tonnes of food waste was recycled in 2018-19 – up 6 per cent on the previous year. The four district councils and Oxford City Council operate kerbside collections of household recycling and waste, which Oxfordshire County Council then disposes of.
Overall 58 per cent of household waste was recycled in Oxfordshire last year, compared to 57 per cent the previous year. The national average was only 44.8 per cent, according to the new figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Individually, the five District and City Councils in Oxfordshire have also achieved excellent results above the national average.
But there is still a lot more to be done to improve recycling rates. The Oxfordshire Environmental Partnership (district, city and county councils) has a target to increase recycling to 70 per cent by 2025.
Around half of the waste put in the general waste bin – the bin for non-recyclable materials only – could actually be recycled. Further increasing the amount of waste that is recycled or composted would make a huge difference to the county’s figures and save precious resources from being wasted.