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Oxfordshire waste prevention strategy outlines potential £7.4m in cost savings

Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) has launched a consultation on its Waste Prevention Strategy 2010-20, which aims to save its five local authorities approximately £7.4m in disposal costs during the next 10 years.

The strategy outlines the ways in which authorities can promote increased waste prevention and  save money. Measures include promoting more home composting schemes, further reducing avoidable food waste, helping residents and businesses to reduce junk mail and providing practical shopping advice to residents so they can reduce unnecessary packaging and plastic bag waste.

The strategy draws on Oxfordshire’s successful recycling performance to date, but emphasises the importance that must be placed on waste minimisation ahead of recycling to avoid dealing with additional waste tonnages.

It states: “It is estimated that the OWP managed an additional 8,850 tonnes of waste in 2009/10, with additional disposal costs in the region of £386,000.

“Projects and campaigns identified in this strategy, such as home composting, food waste reduction and increasing reuse of materials before recycling, have potential to save approximately £7.4m in disposal costs, along with a significant reduction in collection costs, between 2010 and 2020 by reducing the amount of waste managed by Oxfordshire councils by some 130,000 tonnes.”

Oxfordshire County Council waste reduction manager Sarah Gilbert said: “We’re setting out what we think Oxfordshire councils should be doing to reduce waste and where we should focus resources to help people avoid, reduce and reuse their rubbish.”

The strategy is open for consultation until 24 September, and OWP is encouraging anyone with an interest to take part and give their comments.

OWP is made up of Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council.

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