Our role in waste management

Our responsibilities regarding waste in Oxfordshire.

The Waste Management Group is a Waste Disposal Authority. This means that we are responsible for arranging for the disposal of household waste collected across the county.

In 2018/19 we spent a total of £27.2 million on waste management services.

We follow the principles of the waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle) by first trying to ensure waste is not produced in the first place, and where waste is unavoidable, we then maximise material recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. The majority of waste that can’t be recycled or composted is sent to Ardley Energy Recovery Facility which means we divert at least 95% of non-recyclable waste from landfill and generate enough electricity for about 38,000 homes.

We hold contracts with private waste companies who provide waste treatment services on our behalf including an energy recovery facility, waste transfer stations, landfill sites, green waste composting sites, and anaerobic digestion facilities. We also provide seven waste recycling centres where householders can deliver waste for recycling or disposal. In addition, we organise initiatives to help households and communities across Oxfordshire reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.

By following the waste hierarchy we are making a difference to the local and global environment and ensuring waste is dealt with in the most cost-effective way.

Oxfordshires Resources and Waste Strategy

Oxfordshires Resources and Waste Strategy (pdf format, 2Mb) has been developed on behalf of all Oxfordshire local authorities through the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP). It runs from 2018-2023 and focuses on Local Authority Collected Waste.

Waste collection

The five district councils across Oxfordshire are Waste Collection Authorities, picking up waste and recyclable materials from the kerbside and transporting it to recycling, treatment or landfill facilities.

Your local district council is responsible for kerbside recycling boxes, and for collecting waste from your household, including bulky household waste collections.

Recycle for Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council is also a partner authority in Recycle for Oxfordshire, which is an informal partnership of the county and district councils of Oxfordshire, who are working together to continuously improve waste management services for residents