South Oxfordshire residents are being praised for making strong efforts in composting and recycling, contributing about 70% of household rubbish to the campaign. This is thought to be the highest contribution across England. The collection efforts are thought to have saved taxpayers about £355,000 and earned the area £850,000 in recycling credits.
The local authority’s Municipal Journal Awards commended the scheme and revealed that from June of 2009 to June of 2010 Verdant the region’s collector received 18,532 tonnes of dry recycling, 6,115 tonnes of food waste, and 7,434 tonnes of garden waste. Add in the recycling banks and composting figures totalled up to 32,621 tonnes.
During the same year about 11,739 tonnes of waste went into the landfill bringing the overall recycling rate in the area up to 73%. Even when you factor in the contamination rejection the amount still comes out to 68%.
In the previous year from 2008 to 2009 the council only recycled 21,753 tonnes and the council produced almost 28,000 tonnes of waste. This brought the recycling rate to about 44%. This means that total composting and recycling is increased by 48% and dry recycling is up by 24%. Waste on the other hand is down by 60%.
An award for the best direct mail campaign was offered to the council to encourage residents to continue to offer their support to the scheme.