Two local councils in Oxfordshire have been shortlisted for a National Award in recognition of their recycling efforts, reports.

The South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council have already been named as the best recyclers in the country, having taken first and second place in the recycling rates league table.

In light of their achievements, the team behind each scheme have been nominated in the shortlist for Local Authority Team of the Year as the National Recycling Awards.

The two local authorities have been commended for bringing in a number of new measures that were effective at increasing their recycling rates. Among them were kerbside battery recycling facilities, a designated smartphone app to remind homeowners when to put their recycling bins out and a “bring bank” for smaller electrical items that cannot be collected from the road side.

Speaking after being shortlisted, cabinet member for recycling and waste at the Vale, Councillor Reg Waite, told “We are very grateful that our residents have helped us to be shortlisted for this very prestigious award.

“Our joint waste service is designed to make it as easy as possible to recycle, but without our residents’ ongoing commitment we would not be nominated for this accolade.”

The National Recycling Awards will take place in London on July 3rd.

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