Check It Before You Chuck It

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is urging residents to ‘Check it before you chuck it’ as part of a drive to increase the amount and quality of recycling in the district.

An estimated 3,340 tonnes of items that residents put in their recycling bins during 2022/23 were not actually recyclable.  That is 11% of all the contents of our green bins for the whole year.

It can be very difficult to remove non-recyclable items out of the large loads of recycling in the collection trucks or at the recycling facility; and if it’s food waste or other messy items then it could result in whole truckloads of recycling having to be rejected.

So this Autumn, SODC will be placing stickers on all green household recycling bins to encourage people to ‘Check it before you chuck it’.  The sticker features a QR code for people to scan to help them check, along with a reminder that all items in the green bin should be clean, dry and loose.

By ensuring you only put the correct items in your recycling bin, you will play your part in helping to keep SODC among the top recyclers in the country.

To find out which bin an item should go in, ‘Check it before you chuck it’ at

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