OXFORD is to get a new team of food waste champions who will help residents cut down on throwing away.

The volunteers are being recruited for a two-and-a-half-year project which will see them go into schools, cafes and community centres, encourage people to compost and make better use of fruit and veg.

The scheme will bring together Oxfordshire County Council's existing Love Food Hate Waste champions and Master Composters with new recruits.

The new 'waste advisors' will be co-ordinated by Resource Futures, the parent company of Oxfordshire's Community Action Groups low-carbon network.

In a statement about the new scheme, Resource Futures said: "Starting in April and running for two-and-a-half-years, we will be recruiting for new volunteers to join the existing team of champions to get out and about in their local communities to engage people to reduce food waste and encourage composting through stalls, community centre and school composting projects, food waste cafes, cooking demonstrations or community fridges.

"We will also be working Good Food Oxford (GFO) and the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to offer an exciting range of training opportunities, resources, online media campaigns and events."

The group said it would release more information soon about the roles and how people can apply.

Keep an out for announcements at cagoxfordshire.org.uk