Right thing, right bin
In 2018/19 you recycled 53% of your household waste. That's the Borough's best ever result and was well ahead of the average for England (about 45%). And you're bucking the national trend, where recycling has started to fall, including elsewhere in Surrey.
So far this year (to end of December) you've recycled about 56%. That's above the Surrey average, which is already one of the best-performing areas in the country. You just keep getting better and better. A huge thank you for your efforts.
What happens to your recycling?
Recycling is much cheaper than throwing waste away as refuse. It's better for the environment, with your waste being turned into something useful and economically valuable. Recycling needs less energy and fewer raw materials.
Checking if you can recycle it
What do you think about recycling?
Last year we surveyed what people felt about Simply Weekly Recycling. In short, you love it:
- 96% found it easy or very easy to understand the Big Switch to Simply Weekly Recycling, and to use the service thereafter
- 90% are satisfied or very satisfied with the service
- Nearly half said they recycle more with Simply Weekly Recycling
- A quarter said clearer guidance would help them recycle more. So now we send out a new recycling guide to all houses each year, with a little more information. There's a copy at the bottom of this page. And you can now use our online What goes where? guide
The full survey is at the bottom of this page. Thank you to everyone who responded.
Do I have to put my bin out every week?
No. Many people don't have much in their black refuse bin. So they just put it out when it gets full. It's up to you.
Please remember that garden waste recycling is still a fortnightly service for subscribers.
What happens to your refuse?
In the old days the refuse in your black bin went to landfill. Now it's burnt to generate electricity instead. But recycling is much cheaper and even better for the environment. Please recycle whatever you can.
A little bit of Surrey's waste - typically under 10% - does till go to landfill. Typically that's large items that won't fit in your bin and are hard to break down for burning. That's a huge improvement since the early 2000s when over 90% of your waste went to landfill!
What can you do to help?
- Right thing, right bin. Check it out before you chuck it out.
- Reduce, reuse or recycle as much as you can before you reach for the rubbish bin. Sites such as Freecycle ,Terracycle or the Surrey Reuse Network could make it easy for you to find another home for your unwanted items.
- Home composting is a great way to recycle garden waste.
- Real nappy trial kits could help you make the move from disposables.
- Reduce food waste and your shopping bill, too.
Surrey's councils working together
The Surrey Environment Partnership is made up of Surrey's eleven borough and district councils and Surrey County Council.