Recycling rate hits all time high

Published: Monday, 18th July 2016

People in Oxford are recycling more now than they have ever done before.

The latest figures, for the year up to 31 March 2016, confirm that recycling rates for the city have reached 46.90 percent. That’s up from last year’s figure of 46.25 per cent.

In practical terms that’s an impressive result. It means:

  • 1,170 fewer tonnes of rubbish than last year for the council to collect
  • 12.8 more bin lorries of recycling collected
  • 130 tonnes more compost produced than last year
  • The amount of carbon saved by recycling food was the equivalent of taking 600 cars off the road

The total waste per household for 2015/16 was 409.47kg, compared to 414.60kg in 2014/15. That’s a reduction of 5.13kg per household.

Oxford City Council’s recycling team helped spread the word by attending or hosting 63 events across the city during 2015/16. These included high profile events such as the Cowley Road Carnival, the Freshers’ Fair and the Leys Festival, along with school visits, coffee mornings, and club AGMs.

Cllr John Tanner, City Council Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “Well done to Oxford residents for once again throwing away less and recycling more. The City Council’s excellent team of refuse and recycling collectors do a fantastic job. But all of us in Oxford need to up our game. What we do with that can or bottle, carton or food waste, makes a real difference.

“Too much recyclable stuff still finds its way into the green bin and goes for incineration at Ardley. Not enough of us are recycling or composting our food waste. Recycling saves money, helps the environment and reduces our carbon footprint. But better still don’t buy the rubbish in the first place.”