Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Norman MacRae, volunteered to have the contents of his own general waste bin analysed to highlight any items that could have been put into his recycling bin.
After careful sifting through the items Cllr MacRae was delighted to find that most of them were in the right place but despite his dedication, a couple of food trays and a paper bag had slipped through the net.
Cllr MacRae said: “This exercise shows that even the most ardent of recyclers always need to be vigilant.
“In some cases up to 50 per cent of the contents of general waste bins could actually be recycled so I would encourage everyone to think about recycling as much as possible.”
West Oxfordshire residents recycle almost 60 per cent of their rubbish making the District one of the best performing in the country but there is still room for improvement with the new county-wide waste partnership aiming to boost the rate to 70 per cent by 2030.
Cllr MacRae added: “Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way, keeping materials in use.”
Anyone unsure about what can be recycled in the district, when their kerbside collection is due or to order a new bin can find out more on the Council’s website: