A PAIR of councils in south Oxfordshire are hoping to reduce the number of residents putting rubbish in the wrong recycling bins.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have produced cardboard wheels which people can spin to indicate which bin common household items show go in.

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The new wheels are recyclable and available in libraries across the districts.

They will also be offered to community groups to give to residents and to schools as an educational tool.

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Caroline Newton, Cabinet member for housing and environment for South Oxfordshire said: “Around 80 per cent of household waste can be recycled and while the councils have very good recycling rates, there is always room for improvement.

"These are designed as an easy-to-use reminder for people to keep at home when they are sorting out their waste.”

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Elaine Ware, Cabinet member for housing and environment with the Vale added: “By helping residents recognise which items go in which bins, the councils aim to increase recycling rates and at the same time reduce the amount of recycling which is contaminated if the wrong thing is accidentally dropped in.”

The authorities also have a smartphone app called Binzone, which tells users which bin is due for collection that week and includes a waste item search function similar to the wheel.