Advice on ways to recycle commercial waste is being offered to tourism businesses in the west Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is all part of National Recycling Week, which runs between the 1st to the 8th of June.

A commercial waste workshop, suitable for pubs, restaurants, tea shops, tourism accommodation and attractions will take place on 3rd June at 10.30am at the West Oxfordshire District Council Offices in Witney.

The workshop is being run as part of the Cotswolds Green Tourism Project run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council, which encourages tourism businesses in west Oxfordshire to work towards finding a more environmentally friendly way of running their business.

A number of bed and breakfasts, hotels and holiday cottages in the west Oxfordshire area are already signed up to the scheme and have made a decisive commitment to altering the way that they run their business, to ensure that they are operating in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

The commercial waste workshop is open to any business in the west Oxfordshire area that wants to know more about ways in which they can improve their environmental credentials by recycling waste effectively.

Green Tourism Officer for the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Sue Perry said;

"This is a great way for businesses to take stock and address the way that they currently recycle their waste. In many cases there is a lot that can be done to ensure that a business's waste disposal practices are more sustainable and less damaging to the environment and we would like to encourage as many tourism businesses as possible, to take part."

Commercial Waste Officer, Jon Dowell, from West Oxfordshire District Council will be on hand at the workshop to explain commercial waste and discuss the existing commercial recycling schemes available and a representative from Oxfordshire County Council will also be available to talk about the importance of reusing, recycling and reducing waste.

One to one waste reduction strategy meetings with Oxfordshire County Council can be arranged on the day, to ensure that individual businesses waste requirements can be discussed in more detail. To book a place or find out more, please contact Sue Perry, Green Tourism Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.


Notes to editors:

The Cotswolds Green Tourism Project is managed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council. The project is part financed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, European Community: West Oxfordshire Network LEADER + 2000-2006 and the South East of England Regional Development Agency. For more information about the project please click here to visit the green tourism section of our website.

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board acts as an advisor to planning departments of the17 local authorities within the AONB.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest of 40 AONBs in England and Wales and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special character are conserved. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.

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