OXFORDSHIRE was ranked as the best county council for recycling, councillors will be told next week.

The county council said it wanted to recycle and compost 60 per cent of its waste – and work at the end of the year found it had reached 58.6 per cent.

‘While slightly under’ the council’s target, it remains ‘amongst the very best in England’, a council report states.

South Oxfordshire was joint best of all district councils across the country for recycling.

Other Oxfordshire councils also did well. Vale of White Horse District Council was ranked seventh, West Oxfordshire District Council tenth and Cherwell District Council 25th. Oxford City Council was ranked 50th. All of those figures were ranked for 2017/18.

Across Oxfordshire, district and city councils make their own arrangements for dry recycling at kerbsides. The county council is responsible for providing waste disposal and rubbish tips.

It has had the highest rate of reusing, recycling and composting goods of any county council for the last seven years.

Despite that, ‘other authorities are now catching us up and the gap is reducing’.

Buckinghamshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council reused, recycled and composted 56.6 and 54.8 per cent of their waste, respectively.

County councillors will discuss the figures at a meeting tomorrow.