Figures for the latest Cherwell spring clean show it was one of the biggest ever.
A total of 47 organisations and individuals from Bicester, Banbury, and surrounding villages took part, including schools and parish councils.
They collected more than 600 sacks of rubbish – almost four tonnes in total.
Cherwell District Council supplied 180 high-visibility jackets, 707 pairs of gloves, and 212 litter pickers for use throughout the six-week event.
Councillor Nigel Morris, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for the environment, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone who took part in this clean-up, their efforts are very much appreciated.
“Cherwell puts significant resources into keeping the district tidy but it is very much like the old adage about painting the Forth Bridge – you’ve no sooner finished than you need to start again.
“It is a shame that so many people think dealing with litter is someone else’s problem. Litter thrown from cars is a particular issue as it is difficult for us to enforce. I struggle to understand what is so difficult about putting rubbish in a bin.”
Anyone wishing to organise a clean-up in their neighbourhood can do so at any time of year.
The council will provide equipment and pick up black sacks at the end. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact staff on 01295 227007 for details.