Dawn In The Surrey Hills

Local areas in Surrey compared

District or borough
council area
Total waste per
household (kg)
Amount of recycling
produced per
household (kg)
Proportion of
total waste that was recycled
(Defra recycling
Total rubbish produced
per household
Proportion of
total waste that was treated as rubbish
of recycling
recycled in
the UK
Elmbridge1,031 (+11.7%)562 (+15.8%)54.5% (+1.9)469 (+6.7%)45.5% (-1.9)79.8% (-8.5)
Epsom & Ewell966 (+4.4%)519 (+4.9%)53.7% (+0.3)447 (+3.7%)46.3% (-0.3)81.4% (+8.6)
Guildford948 (+9.9%)558 (+10.2%)58.9% (+0.2)389 (+8.6%)41.1% (-0.2)85.1% (+3.1)
Mole Valley983 (+9.2%)557 (+12.9%)56.6% (+1.8)427 (+4.6%)43.4% (-1.8)79.3% (-10.2)
Reigate & Banstead884 (+2.9%)471 (+1.0%)53.2% (-1.0)413 (+4.9%)46.8% (+1.0)98.3% (+4.4)
Runnymede808 (+9.0%)396 (+22.1%)49.0% (+5.3)412 (-1.3%)51.0% (-5.3)84.0% (+10.4)
Spelthorne853 (+5.7%)396 (+5.6%)46.4% (-0.1)457 (+5.5%)53.6% (+0.1)74.3% (-11.3)
Surrey Heath943 (+7.5%)578 (+4.7%)61.3% (-1.7)365 (+11.0%)38.7% (+1.7)73.0% (+0.9)
Tandridge946 (+6.6%)566 (+7.9%)59.9% (+0.7)380 (+4.4%)40.1% (-0.7)85.6% (+5.6)
Waverley905 (+8.5%)516 (+13.7%)57.0% (+2.6)389 (+2.2%)43.0% (-2.6)72.8% (-20.1)
Woking950 (+9.5%)516 (+7.3%)54.3% (-1.1)435 (+10.9%)45.7% (+1.1)81.8% (+8.0)

Note: numbers in brackets are comparisons to 2019-20 and if it’s a percentage, it’s a comparison between tonnages whereas if it’s a number, it’s a percentage point comparison between two percentages.

The table above shows the amounts of waste collected from households and recycling banks in different areas of Surrey. The area where households produce the least waste is Runnymede at 808kg per household. At the other end of the scale, Elmbridge residents produce, on average, 1,031kg per household. This is probably because more properties have larger gardens that produce a large amount of garden waste, and are therefore likely to produce more waste overall.

The area of Surrey that recycles the biggest proportion of its waste is Surrey Heath at 61.3% with the areas recycling least of their waste being Spelthorne and Runnymede. This is probably because in rural areas more properties have gardens and with garden waste being easily recyclable, it means more of their overall waste is likely to be recycled. The same is true for food waste where larger properties are more likely to have room for a food waste caddy.

However, when you remove food and garden waste from the total waste produced and look at the proportion of the remaining waste that is made up of dry recycling (dry mixed recycling plus waste collected from recycling banks including textiles and electricals), you see a different picture, as in the table below. Here, we see that there are smaller differences between areas that are less affected by whether they are rural or not.

District or borough
council area
Proportion of waste that was dry recycling collected from households
or recycling banks
Epsom & Ewell26.8%
Mole Valley24.9%
Reigate & Banstead28.1%
Surrey Heath29.8%

See also

Surrey’s target


70% of Surrey’s waste should be recycled.