Watch Your Waste Surrey

Watch Your Waste Surrey We all know that recycling is great, but we need to find ways of wasting less in the first place. That’s why we are running the Watch Your Waste campaign. It launched on 10 September 2020 and focuses on specific topics at different times throughout the year. Each topic will look at how we can reduce,… Continue Reading Watch Your Waste Surrey

Compost bins and food waste digesters

Compost bins Most compost bins can be filled with garden waste such as grass cuttings, dried leaves and twigs, some food waste such as vegetable peelings and things like cardboard and straw. Green Johannas are hot compost bins that take cooked and uncooked food waste as well as garden waste. Both types of bin produce a nutrient-rich, peat-free compost that… Continue Reading Compost bins and food waste digesters

Watch Your Waste

Are you wasting too much? Use our Binterrogator to help you Watch Your Waste We all know that recycling our waste is a good thing, but it’s better for the planet and our pockets to reduce the amount of waste we produce in the first place. The Binterrogator is a quick and easy tool that helps you record what you… Continue Reading Watch Your Waste

Busting the myths about cloth nappies

Busting the myths about cloth nappies If you're having a baby soon or already use disposable nappies have you considered switching to cloth or reusable nappies instead? There are a few myths about real nappies, but the facts are very different. 1. Are cloth nappies expensive? Cloth/real nappies can work out cheaper than your overall spend on disposables, more so… Continue Reading Busting the myths about cloth nappies

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

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


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