Sunday, 17 December 2017

We're still tops for recycling

SOUTH Oxfordshire has been named the top area in the country for recycling for the third year running.

This is despite a small fall in the proportion of recycled waste from 67.3 per cent last year to 66.6 per cent this year.

South Oxfordshire District Council, which is responsible for waste collection, says the fall is due to recycling in green wheelie bins being contaminated with non-recyclable waste such as dirty nappies and food being hidden in sacks that can’t be seen by the crews working for Biffa, the council’s contractor.

The council brought in new rules last month that mean green bins containing non-clear sacks won’t be emptied.

Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be top of the table again and we’re very grateful for the hard work of our residents.

“We took a difficult decision this year to stop people using non-clear sacks in their bins to prevent contamination.

“Most of our residents have already adapted brilliantly though, which should help us stay near the top for another year.”

Neighbouring Vale of White Horse District Council came fourth in the league table of councils compiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, down from second last year.

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