Recycling success earns awards nod for Oxfordshire councils

Councillor David Dodds
Councillor David Dodds

Environmentally friendly people have helped two district councils to be shortlisted for a national recycling award.

South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council hold the top two spots for recycling rates in the country.

As a result, they have both been nominated for Local Authority Team of the Year at the National Recycling Awards.

Councillor David Dodds, cabinet member for recycling and waste at South Oxfordshire, said: “We would like to thank all of our residents for their continued efforts to recycle as much waste as possible. Our joint waste service with the Vale has proven to be a fantastic success so far and long may that continue.”

Initiatives introduced to improve the service include kerbside battery recycling, the Binfo smartphone app that tells residents when to put their bins out and ‘bring banks’ for small electrical items.

The awards recognise excellence in all parts of the waste and resource management industry, with EMAP, who run the awards ceremony, saying: “The winners, and those who are shortlisted are the very best in the industry.”

Councillor Reg Waite, cabinet member for recycling and waste at the Vale, said: “We are very grateful that our residents have helped us to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. Our joint waste service is designed to make it as easy as possible to recycle, but without our residents’ ongoing commitment we would not be nominated for this accolade.”

The winners will be announced at a London ceremony on July 3.