Dawn In The Surrey Hills

Creating a greener, cleaner Surrey

Surrey Environment Partnership Review April 2019 – March 2020

Activity and achievements

Managing Surrey’s waste: Harnessing the power of pestering

School children recycling in the playgroundEducating school children about waste reduction and recycling is an investment in the future as it helps to prepare them for when they are responsible for the waste generated in their homes. It can also be of benefit now as children are encouraged to take messages and actions back home to their families.

SEP’s online schools’ engagement programme is run by Wastebuster and provides primary schools with a range of downloadable resources that can be used by teachers to educate and engage their pupils in waste reduction and recycling. The period covered by this annual review crosses two academic years.

Recycle it right logoFor the 2018-19 academic year it was agreed to fund additional resources to carry out greater engagement with schools to promote the service. The aim was to increase use of the service by primary schools and expand the service to independent schools.

Final figures for the 2018-19 academic year showed that Wastebuster achieved its KPIs relating to the core programme:

  • 197 state primary schools accessed the online portal (up from 177 in 2017-18).
  • 2,860 resources were downloaded (up from 2,048 in 2017-18).
  • 43 independent schools accessed the portal and downloaded 444 resources.

For the 2019-20 academic year, Wastebuster was tasked with achieving stretched KPIs and several new elements were added to the contract including:

  • A new challenge for children and families that would help them understand the key items that cause contamination in recycling.
  • Online training webinars for teachers and interactive assemblies for schools.
  • Free use of resources related to water, energy and carbon from The Pod schools programme, which Wastebuster now manages.

Recycle it right campaign imageDuring November and December 2019, the JWS team also commissioned independent research into engagement in waste reduction and recycling by primary schools, their use of resources and their attitudes to Wastebuster.

Results showed that interest from schools varies widely but that it is seen to be a growing priority and will continue to be so. Wastebuster was well known by Surrey schools and perceptions were very positive. The research also provided insight into areas that needed improvement, which were built into the work plan for 2019-20.

An interim report up to the end of March 2020 indicates that Wastebuster is on track to meet many of its KPIs, despite the challenges being created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bin weights: Food, DMR and paper 70% increase

Success in Spelthorne

  • A decrease in the number of heavily contaminated bins from 32% to 18%.
  • This could potentially result in an extra 59 tonnes of food waste and 27 tonnes of DMR captured annually.
  • Expanded DMR collections, which could potentially lead to an extra 9 tonnes a year.
  • A predicted total annual increase of 95 tonnes from the project.
  • To interact with residents living in flats, events at a local train station and a shopping centre were trialled and an activity for children to decorate food caddies at a library was held. As a result, 400 local people were spoken to.

Before and after work at Grandera House, Sunbury-on-Thames
Before and after work at Grandera House, Sunbury-on-Thames

Stats on flats

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bin inspections
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bins labelled
recycling bags delivered

See also

Surrey’s target


70% of Surrey’s waste should be recycled.