South Oxfordshire tops nationwide recycling poll

South Oxfordshire District Council has topped a government league table for recycling rates.

The district council achieved a 67.3% recycling rate for 2014/15, with neighbouring Vale of White Horse District Council just below in second place with 65.6%.

The news also comes just weeks after the successful launch of South and Vale’s new joint recycling services that allow residents to recycle small electrical items and textiles from the kerbside.  

After less than two months people had already put out more than 13 tonnes of electrical items and over 11 tonnes of textiles.

South Oxfordshire’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Cllr Tony Harbour said it was “fantastic news”.

“We make our recycling services as simple as possible and residents have responded by recycling as much rubbish as they can.  They’re setting the standard,” said Cllr Harbour.

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Waste at the Vale of White Horse, added: “We can’t thank our residents enough for their efforts.  They’ve really taken to our new recycling services, too – we don’t want to rest on our laurels; we’re always looking for new ways to recycle as much as we can.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues