Low Carbon South Oxford

Waste Reduction

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The best things we can all do is to produce less waste in the first place – REDUCE.

If you can’t, then finding a way to REUSE is the next best option (either yourself or by passing it on to someone else).

When you have done as much as you can of these, this is the time to RECYCLE.

How can I reduce the waste I produce?

There are lots of ways, but some of the simplest are:

What do you mean, "reuse"?

Reusing means finding an alternative use for something that doesn’t involve reprocessing it, for example:

Can everything be recycled?

No, not everything, but quite a lot of things can. Oxford City Council’s recycling service is really quite comprehensive.

Quite a few things that you can't put in your bin can still be recycled.

But do bear in mind, it only really makes sense to recycle if it doesn’t involve using a large amount of energy (usually petrol) to do it. If getting an item to a place where it can be recycled would involve travelling, save up several items, or club together with friends who have things to take.

What do I need to make my own compost heap?

A compost heap can be as fancy or as simple as you care to make it. It can be as simple as a patch of ground with a piece of old carpet to cover the compostable material, although if you want something neater, a wooden frame is a good starting point.

Or you can buy one of the purpose-made composting bins, which come in a variety of sizes and designs.

Take a look here for some good composting ideas, or contact our own Master Composter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice.

What’s a Swap Shop?

Also known as Bring-and-Take, the idea is that people in a local area bring things they no longer want to an agreed location on a specified date and other people who come along can take them away, for free. You don't have to bring something to be 'allowed' to take whatever's there that you can use. Nobody makes any money out of it. The whole point is that someone out there probably does need the things you no longer do. Quite a few local community groups around Oxfordshire run swap shops. They are a very popular way of meeting your neighbours as well as reducing your waste!