Cherwell’s rubbish record


Weight of refuse collected soars during lockdown, but it’s mainly recycling and garden waste

The amount of rubbish collected by Cherwell District Council’s kerbside bin collection services team during lockdown has soared.   It’s good news for the area’s green credentials as the increase has mainly come from the blue and brown recycling and garden and food waste bins.

The Council’s collection team have continued to work throughout the lockdown period.   The weight of waste and recycling they have collected has increased by 1,870 tonnes during the period – that’s the equivalent of the weight of 100 double decker buses.

Recycling rates using the blue bin have increased by 1.2 per cent to 59.7 per cent.   However it is the brown garden and food waste bins that have seen the biggest weight increase in comparison to the same period last year.   This year an extra 850 tonnes was collected – a 19 per cent increase.

May 7th was a record breaking day with the most food and garden waste ever collected in a day – 190 tonnes.   Glass recycling was up by 50 per cent (270 tonnes).

Councillor Dan Sames, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “Like other local residents I am hugely grateful for the efforts of the council waste and recycling crews, who have gone above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic. As well as working in more challenging circumstances, they have been dealing with the huge increase in refuse that we have been generating during the lockdown.

“The increase in food and glass recycling both reflect the fact that bars and restaurants have been closed, prompting people to cook more at home. However, the increased amount of time people have been spending in their gardens was the biggest factor behind the brown bin weighing so much more.

“The overall increase in the recycling rate is good news for the district and the environment. We are really grateful to everyone who takes the time to sort their waste and put the right thing in the right bin.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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