West Oxfordshire is starting a new waste-recycling program under contract with environmental services company, May Gurney. The new program will help West Oxfordshire to meet its waste recycling requirements without penalty and projects a savings of £2 million in fines and associated landfill costs.
The new collection will impact around 45,000 households, diverting nearly food waste to the tune of nearly 3700 tonnes and 13,000 tonnes of waste from gardens. All of this will occur during the first year of service.
Registered households will get garden waste collection fortnightly and food waste is to be collected weekly. After the new service gets under way it will phase in kerbside sorting.
Residents will continue to be offered the option to recycle tins, cardboard, foil, textiles, paper, plastics, batteries, glass, and aerosols weekly.
Separate trucks will collect food waste, and others shall collect dry recyclables, along with residual waste. Sorting at Materials Recycling Facilities will continue until kerbside collection is introduced into the program.
Residents have a 180 litre bin for rubbish and a 250 litre bin to use for garden waste. Homeowners will keep using black boxes for the collection of dry recyclables and there will be a 25 litre bin available for food waste.
Recycling of the food waste is a new step to significantly reduce landfill use. May Gurney says that another upside to collecting food waste is that when people begin to realize how much food gets tossed, they begin buying less food. This tendency decreases the volume of waste collected and results in savings for homeowners.