12000 Cherwell homes to have recycling message delivered
Cherwell is taking its successful campaign to promote recycling onto the streets of the district.
With its recycling rate edging ever closer to the 50 per cent milestone, the district council is launching a new drive to encourage more people to recycle more.
A team of volunteers and council staff will visit 12,000 homes across the district (in Banbury, Kidlington, Bicester, Langford Village, Yarnton, Claydon, Bloxham, Kirtlington, Cropredy and Wardington) until 24 October. They will:
- offer advice on what can be recycled in which box or bin
- take new orders for extra bins or boxes
- advertise new banks that can take paper-based cartons for milk, juices, wine and some foods, like chopped tomatoes. The new banks are at Bodicote House, Banbury, Barberry Place, Bure Park, Bicester and Sainsbury, Kidlington in association with Tetra Pak Ltd and the carton industry body ACE UK.
- promote the 70 glass recycling sites that are available across the district
- let residents know where they can take old household batteries to be recycled
- highlight the council's 45 textile recycling banks
- encourage home composting
- explain how residents can sign up to stop junk mail being delivered to their homes
- explain that recycling cuts costs and saves taxpayers money on landfill taxes and possible fines.
Residents can also find out more about recycling in Cherwell from the council's website, www.cherwell.gov.uk, or by phoning 01295 221940.
The door-stepping team will have official Cherwell District Council identity cards with them. They will talk on the doorstep and not ask to go inside and will be happy to wait so that residents can call our offices to check the IDs if there are any concerns.
Cherwell's portfolio holder for community, health and environment, Councillor George Reynolds, said: "I want to congratulate the residents of Cherwell. Their recycling efforts mean we're very close to that 50% recycling milestone now; we're keen to get there as quickly as possible and then drive on towards even higher rates. We can do this by encouraging more people to recycle more or compost at home and by reminding residents of all the things that can be recycled at our bring banks, including glass, household batteries and, in three venues, paper-based cartons. And it's important to remember that the higher we can push the recycling levels the more we are likely to save taxpayers' money on landfill taxes and possible EU fines."
In the year to 31 March 2008, Cherwell achieved a recycling rate of 48% - that's up around 3% on the previous year. That rate could put Cherwell in the top twenty recycling councils in the country