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
- 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
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.
Recycling centres are currently free to Surrey residents using a car, for household and for non-household waste. The centre recycle over 30 different types of household waste materials.
However from 4 December there will be no free daily allowance for householders of chargeable non-household waste such as rubble, plasterboard and soil.
According to the SCC information, the following charges will apply for:
- Tyres from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles (including non-motorised vehicles and trailers pulled by a motorised vehicle): £5 per tyre or part tyre.
- Waste from construction, alteration or repair of your home and garden including:
- Breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, ceramic bathroom fittings, tiles: £4 per bag or part bag of this waste (Bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm)
- Concrete fence post, ceramic bath, cistern, paving slab: £4 per item
- Plasterboard: £4 per bag or part bag or per sheet of this waste (Bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm and sheets no bigger than 120cm x 240cm). From 4 December 2017 the cost per sheet of plasterboard will increase to £12.
If these materials are loose, a charge of £50 will apply per car load.
Additionally, if you are bringing household waste in either a van, pick-up or trailer you will need to obtain a van permit before your visit.
From 8 January if you need to dispose of non-household waste (such as from DIY projects) in a van, it can only be accepted at the larger recycling centres – this includes the one at Shepperton.
Full information can be found on the SCC site
Thousands of surrey residents have responded to the county council’s consultation on whether to close four community recycling centres (CRCs) in Dorking, Bagshot, Cranleigh and Warlingham, as well as slashing opening hours and increasing charges at those centres which remain.
The consultation generated 13,637 responses, one of the biggest ever, and now proceeds to the conservative cabinet who will make a decision at a meeting on 26th September.
Qver 90% of the users of the four threatened recycling centres wished to retain the CRCs and over 75% of those who responded wished to retain the daily free waste allowance currently permitted by the county council.
As well as encouraging residents to engage with the consultation, Liberal Democrat county councillors handed in a petition of 3,245 signatures calling for the CRCs to remain open, for the opening hours to be protected and for the daily waste allowance to be retained.
Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Environment, said today:
“I am pleased that so many residents responded in such strong terms to the County Council’s consultation, sending them a clear message that the CRCs should be retained and these unpopular proposals dropped. On top of this, my colleagues and I collected thousands of signatures across the county on a petition which will now have to be considered by the Conservative Cabinet.
“Previously, the Conservatives at County Hall have ignored the results of consultations or already decided what the outcome will be regardless of what the residents of Surrey think. This consultation has generated one of the largest responses ever and I am calling for the Cabinet to respect the wishes of the residents of Surrey and maintain these vital services”.
The results of the CRC consultation can be found at:
Clothes+ is a charitable collection service for unwanted items, which the borough runs in partnership with the British Heart Foundation. So far, in 2014 the borough has passed on 22 tons of items for the BHF to sell in their shops and there’s another cycle of collections this September. There is also a free reminder service for Elmbridge burghers and other residents.