Team effort boosts recycling rates

A drive to boost the amount of food waste recycling in West Oxfordshire has proved highly successful.

Over the course of an eight week campaign last summer, a dedicated team visited a total of 5,789 homes in Carterton, Chipping Norton and Charlbury advising residents on how to recycle food waste and offering free caddies and liners as an incentive.

As a result, crews collected 1.4 tonnes more food waste than normal in Carterton alone – an improvement of 13 per cent.

And in Chipping Norton and Charlbury an extra two tonnes of food waste was collected – up 10 per cent on previous levels.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “These results are really encouraging and my thanks go to the team for their efforts and also to residents for engaging with this project.

“We want to drive our recycling rates as high as possible and initiatives such as this show what can be done to achieve that.”

Anyone requiring additional free recycling containers - food caddies or a larger recycling bin should contact the Council on 01993 861025 or see

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