A DEDICATED team of advisors is ensuring West Oxfordshire residents are clued up on recycling as the district aims to become England's 'number one recycling community'.

The five-strong crew of advisors have knocked on the doors of more than 2,000 homes in the District reminding people they can recycle their food waste weekly and offer advice on how to recycle more.

They have been answering recycling queries, distributing information and recycling containers, and giving residents more information on their household service.

In the process they have issued hundreds of food waste caddies as more residents look to ensure all their waste is processed efficiently and in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Steve Good, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are being given an excellent response on the doorstep.

"Not only are residents keen to recycle more, they are offering us feedback about our recycling service which will lead to further improvements.

“West Oxfordshire already has one of the best recycling rates in the country and with initiatives like this we are aiming to up our performance even more, setting our sights on becoming England’s number one recycling community.”

The team will visit as many households as possible over the six-week period.

Last month, a West Oxfordshire dog walker revealed the quantity of plastic rubbish littering the county's countryside.

Caroline Eckersley created a messy montage after taking pictures of more than 70 plastic items she found abandoned in verges and fields over 21 days, all within a four-mile radius.

Anyone requiring additional free recycling containers - food caddies or a larger recycling bin should contact the Council on 01993 861025 or see westoxon.gov.uk/bins.