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Confused about recycling?

You’re not alone!

It’s always a good idea to ‘know before you throw’ as putting the wrong items in the recycling bin can spoil the rest of the recycling and it costs more for councils to deal with. But with local variations to what can be recycled and how it’s not always easy!

Take a look at our five recycling hacks:

1. Test your recycling know-how

Play our interactive recycling game to see what goes where and enter the free prize draw (from 16 June to 30 July 2021) to be in with a chance of winning a hamper of sustainable goodies worth £75 from zero-waste store New Leaf Reigate.

2. If in doubt, check it out

Some items look recyclable but actually aren’t, even if the label says so. Use our recycling search tool or download the Surrey Recycles app to see how it’s done where you live.

3. Get it sorted

Remove all non-recyclable items. Also remember that food and garden waste, small electricals, batteries and textiles recycling are collected separately in most areas, they don’t go in your recycling bin. Use the recycling search tool to check.

4. Keep it clean and dry

No food or drink as moisture and grease will ruin cardboard and paper and make it unrecyclable. Empty, rinse and dry food and drink packaging.

5. Loosen up

Place all items loose – nothing in bags, sacks or bin liners. Crews need to be able to quickly see the items to check they are recyclable.

Thank you for recycling. Every time you recycle right you help the environment, it’s definitely worth the effort.