Surrey’s Recycling Proposals

Surrey is undertaking several consultations and it seeks your comments by 4 January 2019

Despite changes to recycling centres last year, Surrey’s financial pressures are so severe that consideration needs to be given to whether further savings can be found at community recycling centres.

Surrey’s proposals include:

  • Permanently closing a number of smaller, less effective CRCs, whilst
    increasing the opening hours at some CRCs. Up to six CRC sites are
    under consideration for closure: Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking, Farnham,
    Lyne and Warlingham.
  • Introducing a charge to dispose of construction wood and roofing felt.
  • Increasing the cost of disposing of items we already charge for.
  • Charging an annual application fee for van, pickup and trailer permits.

There are no recycling centres in Elmbridge and residents would probably use
the centres in Leatherhead or Epsom which are not proposed for closure, but
whose opening hours may change.

Further details on all the consultations and the opportunity to submit views on
these proposals can be found here.  The consultation response is at the bottom of the consultation webpage.

The analysis of the responses to the consultations will be presented to Surrey’s cabinet in January 2019 for consideration and then to full council in February.

Calling time on recycling centres

As you may have heard, Surrey County Council is reducing the opening hours of many of our well-used Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) and you can no longer dispose of “non-household waste” for free.

Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have opposed these charges as we believe that fly-tipping will increase as a result and that instead the County Council should be doing everything possible to make it easier for residents to dispose of their waste responsibly.

There are now restrictions on which CRCs can be used by vans, trailers and pickups, as well as a reduction in opening hours across most sites.

You can find out more.

Additonal recycling from 4th December

Small household electrical, small batteries and shoes, clothes, towels etc

From 4 December 2017 Elmbridge is expanding its recycling service to include collection from home of small electrical items, batteries, clothes and home textiles. These items will be collected every week from your home on your normal collection day. They will need to be bagged in separate tied plastic bags (not black bin liners) .

Residents are requested to sort items and bag them into a separate tied plastic bag (not black bin liners) for each category and place bags next to their bin before 6.30.

What Elmridge can collect

Small electrical items

  • kettles, toasters, sandwich makers and irons
  • hairdryers and straighteners
  • radios
  • digibox/freeview box, video players and dvd players
  • clocks, alarms and watches
  • games consoles and laptops

Clothes and home textiles

  • clothes (must be clean and dry)
  • pairs of shoes and slippers
  • blankets and towels
  • curtains and bed sheets
  • accessories like belts and bags

Elmbridge cannot collect these items

  • any electrical items larger than 35 x 40cm like televisions or white goods
  • car batteries
  • low energy light bulbs
  • single shoes
  • wellington boots
  • cushions, pillows or duvets
  • cuddly toys
  • rugs and carpets
  • bric-a-brac

Find out what can be recycled.

On the day of your collection

Place your bagged items on the edge of your property next to your bins. Make sure your bags are out by 6.30am.

You can report a missed collection online from 4 December 2017.

Flats and communal properties

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this recycling service to flats and communal properties at present.

What happens to my recycling?

Clothes and home textiles are either sorted to be worn and used again in the UK or abroad, or recycled into useful products like felt, insulation or stuffing.

The components from batteries and small electrical items are extracted and reused to make other items.  For example, zinc can be used in shipbuilding and to make lampposts or railings; gold from consoles for example can be re-used to make jewellery and musical instruments can even be made from the plastic.