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Oxfordshire Waste Partnership to shut down

The joint waste operation by local authorities in Oxfordshire is set to be scrapped “at the earliest possible date” after its members unanimously voted to dissolve the partnership.

The decision to dismantle the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) was approved on 4 April in a meeting of the representatives of the participating local authorities, Cherwell District, Oxford City, Oxfordshire County, South Oxfordshire District, Vale of White Horse District and West Oxfordshire councils.

It will come into effect once the OWP’s contracts will be ended or transferred to Oxfordshire County Council and contractual obligations to staff properly terminated.

The termination of the partnership was first decided in a meeting of the leaders of Oxfordshire local authorities on 30 January.

They agreed the OWP had delivered “impressive results”, thus “there was no longer a need for a constituted partnership and that in future coordination could happen in an informal way”.

Recycling rates across the county rose from 30% in 2008 to 60% in 2012, one of the highest rates in the UK.

The six local authorities will continue to work together to reduce waste and carbon dioxide emissions, maintaining the existing Oxfordshire Environment Partnership, which had been merged with the OWP in 2009.

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