Oxfordshire County Council is inviting food waste contractors to bid for its processing contract. District councils within the county aim to provide food waste collections from April 2009, once specialised processing facilities are in place. The plan is for one or more facilities to be built to process about 30,000 tonnes of mixed garden and food waste, and separated food waste a year. Collected material will either be recycled into compost or used to generate electricity. Oxfordshire county and district councils currently recycle or compost more than 40% of household waste. The project to recycle food waste is expected to boost this to more than 50%. County council cabinet member for sustainable development Roger Belson said: "I am pleased that we are making progress with this scheme, which is essential to keep costs low for Oxfordshire taxpayers by diverting as much waste as possible from landfill. "This tender is complementary to the project that we also have running for a treatment plant to treat any waste that cannot be recycled or composted, and will provide for a comprehensive and integrated waste management solution for Oxfordshire for years to come."