Bin collection crew

Give it up for a Hi-Viz Hero! Celebrating Surrey’s bin crews


Despite their hi-viz jackets, the hard work of Surrey’s bin collection crews can go unnoticed and sometimes they are even verbally abused or put in danger by members of the public.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can help your collection crew. Here’s how:

  • Check which items go in which bins where you live using the Surrey Recycles search tool, which can also be downloaded as an app for easy use when you’re binning something.
  • Use our website to find out the correct way to leave out your waste and recycling so that your bin crew where you live can collect it safely.
  • Check below to find out how to leave recycling out that doesn’t fit into your bin where you live.
  • Park considerately so that collection vehicles can access your street, make sure bin lids are closed when put out and wash your hands before and after handling your bins.
  • Try and reduce your waste as much as possible. There are lots of tips in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle section of our website. If you have a garden, we also provide discounted compost bins so you can compost your garden waste, some food waste and cardboard at home rather than putting it in the bin.
  • You can also thank your crew by giving them a wave in the morning, putting a note in your window or sticking a message to your bin.

Recycling that doesn’t fit in your bin

  • Elmbridge – will be collected if left in a clear bag beside your recycling bin.
  • Epsom and Ewell – will be collected if left in a clear bag beside your recycling bin.
  • Guildford – will be collected if left in a box or carrier bag beside your recycling bin.
  • Mole Valley – will be collected if left in a clear bag beside your recycling bin.
  • Reigate and Banstead – only recycling that fits in your bin or box will be collected.
  • Runnymede – extra plastic and glass will be collected if left next to your bin in a cardboard box. Wet cardboard will not be collected.
  • Spelthorne – will be collected if left in a cardboard box beside your recycling bin.
  • Surrey Heath – will be collected if left in a clear bag beside your recycling bin.
  • Tandridge – will be collected if left in a plastic bag (although not from a black sack), a cardboard box or clear recycling sack beside your recycling bin.
  • Waverley – will be collected if left in a clear bag or cardboard box beside your recycling bin.
  • Woking – will be collected if left in a clear bag beside your recycling bin.