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: Improving recycling at flats


New bin storeIncreasing recycling rates at blocks of flats is an ongoing challenge for local authorities. Difficulties include a lack of ownership of recycling due to shared bins; limited space in bin stores for signage; and the extra effort needed for residents to take their waste to bin stores.

To tackle this the partnership funded a highly successful two-year project to improve flats recycling for 6,759 properties. Full details of the trial were included in the 2018-19 review and due to the impressive outcomes, it was agreed the project would continue with SEP match-funding the cost with each participating authority. The aim is to reach all blocks of flats and houses of multiple occupancy.

In 2019-20 work was carried out in Reigate and Banstead and in Spelthorne which aimed to expand dry mixed recycling (DMR) and food waste services and reduce contamination.

Results in Reigate and Banstead


  • Trialled and developed bespoke paper and recycling bins to help reduce contamination. Very positive feedback from the crews and significant improvement in recycling quality.
  • Average bin weights for food, DMR and paper increased at over 70% of sites.
  • Predicted additional 11.22 tonnes of paper, food and DMR from sites monitored pre- and post-intervention.
  • Decrease in number of heavily contaminated bins from 32% to 22% for DMR, and 9% to 5% for paper bins.

The partnership funded a highly successful two-year project in 2018-19 to improve flats recycling.

Due to the impressive outcomes, it was agreed that the project would continue.

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

Estate iconHoseholds iconThumbs up icon
466
estates
5,706
households
2,922
bin inspections
Bin iconRecycling bag icon
829
bins labelled
5,435
recycling bags delivered

See also



Surrey’s target

70%

70% of Surrey’s waste should be recycled.