Bin collections – help your crew to help you

We’re doing everything we can to keep waste collections running as normal during the Coronavirus pandemic. But did you know there are six easy ways you can help your crew to keep things moving?

  • Create less waste! Use an alternative reusable item or use something again instead of throwing it away. For tips visit the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle section of our website.
  • Only buy food you need. Freeze food if you can’t eat it before the use by date. Cook or freeze leftovers rather than throwing away. Check our recipe page and food shopping apps page for ideas.
  • Get recycling-savvy. Use the Surrey Recycles search tool to find out what goes where. Find it on our website or download the app – search for ‘Surrey Recycles’.
  • Make more room in your recycling bin – flatten and fold cardboard; wash and squash plastic.
  • Put your bins out early and leave until they’ve been emptied – sometimes the usual collection time will change.
  • Be considerate when parking your car on a collection day, this will help collection vehicles to access your road more easily.
  • Make sure your bin lids are firmly closed to help prevent crews unnecessarily touching them.
  • If you have extra waste that does not fit in your bin, please do not leave it next to it. Instead, please take excess waste to your local Community Recycling Centre.
  • Wash your hands before and after touching your bin.
  • Give your crew a smile or wave to let them know you appreciate their hard work. Or get arty – we’ve seen some bin-spirational ‘thank you’ messages on wheelie bins and caddies!
  • Ten of Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres were reopened on 11 May, for black bag waste and garden waste only. From 1 June more materials, including wood, scrap metal, small electronics and white goods, are being accepted. The full list of what can be taken can be found at or by calling 03456 009 009.
  • Don’t leave waste outside charity shops or next to recycling banks – this is fly-tipping which is illegal and you could be fined up to £50,000 or even imprisoned.
  • Please don’t burn it either! Even just a few bonfires lit at the same time in one area can cause a lot of smoke and make it harder to breathe, especially for people with coronavirus. Read the advice here