District Council Recycling advisors take to the streets

Two recycling advisors from West Oxfordshire District Council are taking to the streets to raise awareness of recycling by letting residents know what items can be picked up through the weekly household collection service.

Both Liam Morley and Tess Evans are carrying out a district-wide door-to-door campaign visiting as many households as they can over a three-month period up to March.

As well as explaining what can be recycled, they are making sure householders have all the containers they need and encouraging more of them to use the food waste collection service.

Tess Evans said, “We have spoken to lots of people and had such a good response with many wanting to find out more about recycling and what happens to their waste. We have also handed out hundreds of information leaflets and given away caddy liners to help people get started with food waste collections.”

Since they started the two advisors have visited 500 properties, given out over 50 food waste caddies and held six community events.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “We are doing all we can to help people recycle more and it’s great to see that our free weekly food waste collections are growing in popularity – an additional 20 tonnes of food was recycled this December compared to last. However, we believe there is more room for improvement as many items are still being thrown in the rubbish bin when they could be put to a much better use instead. A detailed A-Z of what you can and cannot recycle in West Oxfordshire is available on our website.”

They next recycling event is at the Council’s Town Centre Shop in Witney on Wednesday 20 January.

Anyone requiring additional free recycling containers – food caddies, recycling boxes or gardens waste bins – should contact the Council on 01993 86100 or online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins.