Residents in South Oxfordshire have proven themselves yet again to be one of the best recyclers in the country.

The government published the figures showing how much waste is recycled across the country. South Oxfordshire District had the second highest recycling rate in England with 64 per cent of its waste being recycled.

In third place came Vale of White Horse district with 63.3 per cent of its waste being recycled. Both of these districts have ranked in the top ten for the last five years. The two districts way above the national recycling rate of 45.5 per cent and they are also two of only 11 local authorities in the country with a recycling rate above 60 per cent.

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As the figures cover the period from the beginning of April 2019 to the end of March 2020, they only include the very first week of the national lockdown last year. The impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns on the collection of household waste in the districts will not be revealed until next year’s figures.

Councillor Catherine Webber, said: “We are very pleased with these figures! They show that our residents have responded well to our promotion of recycling through social media and direct mail plus the provision of a service designed to help make recycling an easy option.”

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