Waste and recycling where I live

Waste and recycling where I live Most waste and recycling collection services are currently running as normal. However, some are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Below are service updates for wherever you live in Surrey, which will be updated regularly. Elmbridge All collection services are running as normal apart from clothes and home textiles and small electricals collections, which… Continue Reading Waste and recycling where I live

More hints and tips

More hints and tips As well as using your council services to reduce, reuse and recycle, there are plenty of other ways you can do even more in Surrey. Donate or buy unwanted itemsCharity shops accept a wide range of donations, which they sell on to raise funds for their charity. The membership organisation, Charity Retail Association (CRA), has a… Continue Reading More hints and tips


Upcycling Upcycling is the perfect way to reuse and recycle items you no longer use. Get creative with your old cards, magazines and newspapers and try out some of our upcycling ideas below. See also What to do with an itemMore hints and tips

Reducing your food waste

Reducing your food waste It’s estimated that one in five bags of food shopping goes to waste each week. Across Surrey that adds up to a substantial amount of food, but also money wasted. Did you know that an average family of four could save £70 a month simply by reducing the amount of food they waste? Recycling your food… Continue Reading Reducing your food waste

Annual review

Annual review Creating a greener, cleaner Surrey is a review of the programme of county-wide initiatives that were coordinated and funded by the Surrey Environment Partnership in 2018/19. Read it below or download a PDF of the report. See also Our strategyProjectsCommunications Surrey's target 70% 70% of Surrey's waste should be recycled. What happens to Surrey's waste? The Surrey Environment… Continue Reading Annual review


Electricals Once your electricals have been recycled they could be used for things like shipbuilding, galvanising railings and lampposts, in jewellery or musical instruments. How are electricals recycled? After being collected, electricals are taken to a reprocessing plant where they are shredded into small pieces. Using various processes, different types of metal and plastic are separated. Each individual type of… Continue Reading Electricals


Food Once recycled food waste creates bio-fertiliser and biogas, used to  generate electricity, heat and transport fuel. How is food waste recycled? After it is collected food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. Here the liners are removed and sent to an energy from waste plant and turned into electricity. Through AD, micro-organisms break down the food… Continue Reading Food

Garden waste

Garden waste Once your garden waste has been recycled, it is turned into compost or soil conditioner. How is garden waste recycled? After being collected, anything that can't be composted is removed from your garden waste, which is then shredded and laid out in a long line. It decomposes and, once it has broken down, is used as compost, which… Continue Reading Garden waste

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