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.
- 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!
- Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres have closed and not all recycling banks are being emptied. So, please keep extra waste for when services return to normal.
- 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