The campaign which runs until 29 September, aims to raise awareness on a national level about the benefits of recycling and this year the campaign is asking everyone living in the UK to take recycling into their own hands to protect the environment.
In West Oxfordshire a special competition will be running all week on the District’s dedicated social media pages. It will ask residents if particular items can be recycled. The winner will win a waste bin with three compartments to help them with their recycling efforts.
Residents will also notice a sticker appearing on their refuse bins encouraging people not to use it for food waste but instead place it in the special container they have been provided with.
Also, residents can sign up for a tour of the Ardley energy from waste plant on Wednesday 25 September. For details see: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20074/recycling/1030/recycling_and_waste_plant_tours
The campaign is delivered by Recycle Now on behalf of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60 per cent of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago because of environmental concerns.
In West Oxfordshire almost 60 per cent of rubbish is recycled 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 Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “What and how we recycle really matters. 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.
“It is down to each and every one of us to take on the responsibility of looking after our planet and recycling is just one way the public can make a difference.”
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:
To find out more about Recycle Week visit www.recyclenow.org.uk