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Oxfordshire breaks recycling target

By Rebecca Thyer

Oxfordshire County Council has not only smashed its statutory recycling targets but also new recycling targets set by the Government last year.

The council was originally set the task of doubling recycling levels by the end of 2004. But in 2003 the Government raised the bar and set Oxfordshire a 22% target.

However for 2003/4 the council recycled and composted 24% of household rubbish smashing both targets.

Of the 296,000 tonnes of rubbish Oxfordshires householders threw out in that time period, more than 68,000 tonnes was collected for recycling and composting.

Recycling levels increased by 20% since last year and has doubled in the past four years, making Oxfordshire one of the best-performing councils in the country.

Oxfordshire County Council head of waste management Adam Symons said: We are really pleased that people have responded well to all our publicity, and are responding so well. Next year, we have a target to reach 27% recycling, and with the will of the public we can achieve this.

But the council is hoping to beat this target too. If it hits a 33% recycling rate by 2006, the Government will provide an additional £1 million to improve recycling facilities in the region.

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