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Recycling and waste A to Z

Find information about recycling using the navigation below - for feedback and requests please contact us.


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Aerosols

Put empty aerosol cans in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks. Do not pierce, crush or flatten them.

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Aluminium cans

See cans.

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Aluminium foil or trays

See foil.

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Animal bedding and pet waste

See pet litter and bedding.

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Asbestos

Asbestos must be removed by a licensed company or taken to the community recycling centres at Shepperton, Epsom or Guildford. For more information visit Surrey County Council's website.

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Appliances

See electricals.

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Ash

Cold ash can be put in your rubbish bin or sacks however please do not make the bags too heavy. Please ensure all ash has completely cooled before placing in your rubbish.

Ash from wood can be composted at home. Ash from coal or clinker can be used for garden paths but do not put on soil or plants as it contains tar and is not suitable for the garden.

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Audio cassettes

Old audio cassettes can be donated to your local charity shop, given to friends, family or colleagues, or sold or given away online. If they are not in good enough condition you can put small quantities in your rubbish bin or sacks. You can also take them to a community recycling centre.

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Baby clothes

See textiles.

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Baby equipment

If it can be reused try offering it to friends, family or colleagues, donating it to charity shops, or advertising it on reuse websites such as Freecycle. You can also search telephone or online directories for local specialist shops that accept second-hand baby goods, or sell it online.

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Baby wipes

Baby wipes should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks. Please do not place these items into your blue lidded recycling bin or sacks, and do not flush them down the toilet as they will block the drains.

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Bags

Handbags, rucksacks and shoulder bags in good condition can be given to friends, family or colleagues, donated to charity shops, or recycled in our weekly collection service. Alternatively you can put them in a textile bank at a recycling bank site or a community recycling centre.

Plastic carrier bags can be reused to carry shopping home, to put textiles or small electricals out for collection, and to line your food waste caddy. If it can't be reused please put it in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Bathroom suites

See DIY waste.

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Batteries

All household batteries can be recycled in our weekly collection service or at a community recycling centre. There is also a battery recycling bin in the reception area at the Council Offices in Oxted.

Car batteries should be taken to a community recycling centre.

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Bedding and blankets

Unwanted clean and dry sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and blankets can be donated to charity shops. Alternatively you can put these in tied plastic carrier bags and leave them next to your green food caddy for collection, or put them in a textile bank at a recycling bank site or a community recycling centre.

Unfortunately, bulky stuffed items including duvets and pillows are not suitable for recycling and need to be taken to a community recycling centre to be dealt with as waste. Small quantities can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

If you have a lot of clothes and textiles for recycling (e.g. clearing out a house), some textile recycling companies will come and collect them for free. Try D & M Textile Reclamation on 020 8665 7555.

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Beds

See furniture.

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Bicycles

Old bicycles in working order could be reused by friends, family or colleagues, or given away or sold online. Second-hand bicycle shops may also be interested in purchasing them, or you could donate them for reuse. If your bike is beyond repair you can recycle the metal parts at a community recycling centre.

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Birthday cards

See cards.

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Biscuit and sweet tins

Biscuit and sweet tins can be reused for storing homemade cakes and treats. Alternatively, put plastic and metal biscuit tins in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Bones

Bones from meat or left over food can be put in your green food caddy for collection as the composting process takes place at high temperatures. They cannot be home composted.

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Bookcase

See furniture.

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Books

Books in good condition can be sold to second hand book shops or donated to libraries or charity shops. If your books are not in a good enough condition to be reused, put them in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks. Unfortunately books with a vinyl cover can't be recycled and have to be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Bottles and jars

Put all glass and plastic bottles and jars in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Bricks

See DIY waste.

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Bubblewrap

You could reuse bubblewrap to protect an item you are sending by post but it can also be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Building waste

See rubble.

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Business waste and recycling

Every business must either have a trade waste contract with a contractor of their choice who collect and dispose of their waste for a charge, or they should take it to a waste transfer station where it will be weighed and a charge applied for its disposal. More information is available on Surrey County Council's website.

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Buttons

Buttons can be reused to replace missing ones on clothing. Or you could personalise your clothes or bags, or make colourful necklaces, bracelets and brooches. If you have saved lots of buttons you could donate them to a charity shop, or speak to your local playgroup, nursery, school or college as they may like them for art and craft sessions. Alternatively they can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Cables, leads and chargers

Cables, leads and chargers in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. Alternatively, they can go in tied carrier bags next to your green food caddy for collection or taken to a community recycling centre.

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Cans

Put empty drinks and food cans in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Car batteries

You can take car batteries to a community recycling centre.

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Cardboard

Smaller pieces of cardboard can go into your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks. Larger cardboard items that will not easily fit in the bin/sacks can be flattened and secured as a bundle of a size that can be easily picked up by a collector. Leave this next to your recycling bin/sacks on your collection day.

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Cards

Old cards can be reused for making present tags or paper chains. Alternatively, you can put cards in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Car parts

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Carpets and rugs

Carpets and rugs are difficult to recycle because they are made from a mixture of fibres, however some carpet shops will take away your old one when they fit your new one. You may be able to donate your carpets or rugs to charity shops, community groups, friends or family. If they can't be reused, you will need to take them to a community recycling centre or contact Biffa for a quote to collect it from your home on 01883 712333.

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Carrier bags

See plastic bags.

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Cars

If your car is roadworthy, you may be able to sell it privately or trade it in when you buy a new one. But if your car is at the end of its life you can:

  • Search for a company online or in local newspapers who offer cash for recycling your car. Please check they are a registered waste carrier.
  • Contact a local scrap dealer to see how much they can offer you.
  • Donate them to a charity such as Charity CarThis link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window) and GiveacarThis link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window).
  • Use the Council's free vehicle disposal service by contacting Autocovery on 07860 667785 (Mark). You must be the legal owner of the vehicle with your name and address on the vehicle's V5 registration document. You must also be a resident in the Tandridge District Council area.

If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, possibly because of its appearance/condition or the fact it hasn’t moved for some time, please first check to see if it is taxed by entering the registration number and model on www.gov.uk. If it is taxed, it’s unlikely we will be able to treat it as an abandoned vehicle. If it is not taxed, please complete our abandoned vehicle form.

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Cartons

Put empty food and drinks cartons in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Cassette players

See electricals.

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Catalogues

Put catalogues in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Cat litter

See animal waste.

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CD and DVD players

See electricals.

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CDs

Old CDs can be donated to your local charity shop, given to friends, family or colleagues, or sold online. If they are not in good enough condition you can put small quantities in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Cereal boxes

Put cereal boxes in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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Chairs

See furniture.

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Chemicals

Chemicals should never be placed in your general waste bin or poured down sinks or drains.

You can take household and garden chemicals to a community recycling centre and ask for them to be placed in the hazardous chemical store. If however it is paint, please check with a site operative as gloss and emulsion paint needs to be placed in different areas.

This is especially important if you have a tin of unidentified material. The materials are tested to identify them and are then recycled or disposed of accordingly.

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China plates and crockery

Unwanted crockery can be donated to your local charity shop, given to friends, family or colleagues, or sold online. If they are broken you can put small quantities in your rubbish bin or sacks however, please make sure you wrap up any sharp edges to prevent injuries to crew members. Alternatively they can be taken to a community recycling centre.

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Christmas cards

See cards.

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Christmas tree lights

See electricals.

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Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees can be taken to a community recycling centre and placed in the green waste bin. Members of Biffa's Green Waste Club can cut them up (maximum tree trunk 10cm diameter) and put them in the garden waste bin, however please make sure the lid can close. Alternatively you can compost them at home.

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Christmas wrapping paper

See wrapping paper.

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Clingfilm

Clingfilm cannot be recycled, please put it in your rubbish bin or sacks. You can reduce the amount of clingfilm you use by storing sandwiches and food in resealable plastic containers.

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Clinical waste

Dressings, bandages, swabs contaminated with:

  • Materials known to cause diseases in humans or other living things.
  • Medicines containing a biologically active pharmaceutical agent e.g. cytotoxic or cytostatic drugs.

These should be placed in a clinical waste bag by the healthcare worker treating you in your home. The healthcare worker should then arrange the safe removal of this. Do not place in your general rubbish.

Dressings not contaminated can be double wrapped and placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Clothes

See textiles.

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Coffee cups

Paper coffee cups cannot be recycled because they contain a mixture of materials, please put them in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Coffee pods/capsules

Pods used in many coffee machines cannot be recycled in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or clear recycling sacks. However, some types/brands of coffee pods (and other difficult to recycle items) are collected by a company called TerraCycle who recycle them to create new products such as plastic baby bibs, notebook covers and park benches.

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Coins

If you have old or foreign coins try taking them to your local charity shop as many charities sell them to help raise valuable funds.

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Commercial waste

See business waste.

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Composting

For more information about home composting please visit Recycle for Surrey's website. If you have an old compost bin you no longer need you could give it away to friends, family or colleagues, or take it to a community recycling centre.

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Computers

If it can be reused try offering it to friends, family or colleagues, donating it to a charity, or advertising it on reuse websites such as Freecycle. You can also search telephone or online directories for local specialist shops that accept second-hand computers, or sell it online.

Before you sell or dispose of your computer it is highly advisable to thoroughly delete all personal data from your computer’s hard drive(s). Simply deleting files using the delete command and emptying the “bin” on your desktop doesn’t fully remove them. They could still be recovered if your PC’s hard drive ends up in the wrong hands. Check out the advice from these websites:

You can also take computers and computer parts to a community recycling centre.

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Confidential waste

The best way to deal with confidential documents is to shred them and put the shreddings in your home compost bin.

You can also place it in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks however please make sure it's contained - scrunch shredded paper into a ball and wrap a sheet of newspaper around it, or put it in a paper bag or cereal box.

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Cooked meat

Cooked meat can be put in your green food caddy for collection as the composting process takes place at high temperatures. It cannot be home composted.

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Cookers

See kitchen appliances.

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Cooking oil

Please do not pour waste oil down the drain, even with washing up liquid, because it can cause blockages. For more information visit Southern Water's 'Keep It Clear' campaign or Thames Water's 'Bin it - don't block it' campaign.

Try to use only the amount you need, and mop up any excess oil/fat with a piece of bread and put it out for the birds. Take it to a community recycling centre and pour it in the cooking oil container. Alternatively, cooking oil in a sealed container can be disposed of in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Corks

These should be placed in your rubbish bin or bags.

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Cotton wool

Because of the fibres used to make cotton wool, it cannot be recycled into new products. Please put these into your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Crisp packets

These cannot be recycled. Please put them in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Crockery

See china plates and crockery.

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Cupboards

See furniture.

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Curtains

See textiles.

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Cushions

See duvets and pillows.

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Cutlery

Unwanted cutlery can be donated to your local charity shop, given to friends, family or colleagues, or sold online. If they are broken you can put small quantities in your rubbish bin or sacks however please make sure you wrap up any sharp edges to prevent injuries to crew members. Alternatively they can be taken to a community recycling centre.

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Desk

See furniture.

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Diesel

See fuel.

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Dishwashers

See white goods.

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Disposable nappies

See nappies.

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DIY waste

DIY or construction waste can be taken to the following community recycling centres. Disposal charges were brought in from 1 September 2016.

Alternatively, some DIY waste can be collected from your home by Biffa for a charge, call 01883 712333 for a quote.

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Doors

Doors are classed as construction waste and small amounts can be taken to the following community recycling centres.

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Drain pipes and guttering

These can be disposed of at a community recycling centre.

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Drinks cans

See cans.

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Drinks cartons

See cartons.

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Duvets and pillows

If these are clean and in good condition you could donate them to a charity shop. Alternatively, they can be taken to a community recycling centre for disposal because unfortunately they cannot be recycled. Small quantities can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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DVDs and videos

Unwanted films can be donated to your local charity shop, given to friends, family or colleagues, or sold online. If they are broken you can put small quantities in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Egg boxes

These can go in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks. Egg boxes can also be added to your home compost bin.

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Egg shells

You can put these in your green food caddy or in your home compost bin.

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Elastic bands

Rubber bands can't be recycled. Please reuse them but it they are broken you can put them in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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Electrical items

Electrical items in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. Some charities will also accept them such as the Surrey Reuse Network.

Small electrical items can go in tied carrier bags next to your green food caddy for collection. Whilst large electrical items should be taken to a community recycling centre or you could arrange a collection by Biffa.

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Engine oil

Don't put oil down drains because it can cause considerable environmental damage if it leaks into watercourses and/or groundwater. If oil is released into the water it will kill most animal and plant life by removing the oxygen. Oil can be taken to a community recycling centre where it is disposed of safely.

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Envelopes

Put envelopes in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks. You do not need to remove the plastic windows from the envelopes as this will be dealt with in the recycling process.

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Exercise equipment

Exercise equipment in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. They can also be taken to a community recycling centre or you could contact Biffa on 01883 712333 for a quote to have it collected from your home.

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Explosives

Explosives are not accepted at community recycling centres or in any bins, please contact Surrey Police.

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Fabrics

Unwanted clean and dry fabric can be donated to charity shops. Alternatively you can put it in tied plastic carrier bags and leave it next to your green food caddy for collection, or put it in a textile bank at a recycling bank site or a community recycling centre.

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Fat

Fat should not be poured down the drain as it causes blockages. Once cooled it can be put into your green food waste caddy. Alternatively you can seal it in a container and put it in your rubbish bin or sacks.

Another option is to mix it with bird seed and leave it to solidify. You can then put it out on your window sill or hang it from a tree and feed the birds in the winter.

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Fencing

See DIY waste.

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Filing cabinet

See furniture.

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Fire alarms

See electricals.

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Fire extinguishers

These can be taken to the following community recycling centres. Disposal charges were brought in from 1 September 2016.

  • Charlton Lane, Shepperton
  • Wilton Road, Camberley
  • Martyrs Lane, Woking
  • Blenheim Road, Epsom
  • Randalls Road, Leatherhead
  • Horley Road, Earlswood
  • Petworth Road, Witley
  • Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford
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    Fireworks

    Fireworks are not accepted at any of the community recycling centres. For any disposal questions please contact Trading Standards.

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    Flares (marines rockets and flares)

    Marine rockets and flares are not accepted at any of the community recycling centres. If you have these types of items, please contact the nearest coast guard.

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    Flower pots and trays

    All flower pots in reusable condition could be given to a keen gardener you may know or advertised online to be reused. They can also be taken to a community recycling centre however, please ask a site operative which container they need to go in. Small amounts can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks however please make sure you wrap up any sharp edges to prevent injuries to crew members. Unfortunately they are not able to be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin or clear sacks.

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    Fluorescent tube lights

    Fluorescent tube lights should be taken to a community recycling centre for safe disposal. They contain potentially harmful substances such as mercury, cadmium and lead which means they cannot be put in your recycling or rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Foil

    Put clean foil and metal trays in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Food and food waste

    All food and food waste can be put in your green food caddy and put out for collection every week. You can compost some food in a home compost bin.

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    Food blenders/mixers

    See electricals.

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    Food cartons

    See cartons.

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    Food tins

    Put empty drinks and food tins in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Freezers and fridges

    The Surrey Reuse Network collects fridges and freezers for reuse. You can also donate them to some charities. Alternatively, you can take them to a community recycling centre or arrange a fridge/freezer collection through Biffa.

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    Fruit and vegetable peelings

    See food.

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    Fuel e.g. petrol/diesel/paraffin

    Liquid fuels including petrol, diesel and paraffin cannot be accepted at any of the community recycling centres. You could contact your local garage to ask how to dispose of it, or a private waste management company and pay for the disposal.

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    Furniture

    The Surrey Reuse Network collects furniture for reuse. You can also donate furniture to charity shops and second-hand shops. Alternatively, you can take it to a community recycling centre or arrange a bulky waste collection through Biffa.

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    Games and toys

    See toys and games.

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    Garden chemicals

    Garden chemicals are hazardous household waste and must be disposed of carefully. If you have unwanted garden chemicals, please take them to a community recycling centre and ensure they are identified to the staff there as hazardous waste. Never be tempted to pour either diluted or undiluted chemicals down the drain. This can seriously affect the treatment of water at the sewage plant.

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    Garden waste

    You can either compost your garden waste at home, sign up for Biffa's fortnightly collection service or take it to a community recycling centre. Please don't put garden waste in your recycling or rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Garden mower/shredder

    See electricals.

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    Gardening tools

    See tools.

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    Gas cylinders and bottles

    When you buy a gas cylinder from a supplier, you’ll usually be asked to pay for and agree to a Cylinder Refill Agreement which legally states that the cylinder always remains the property of the supplier. When it’s empty, you can simply exchange it for a prefilled cylinder within the same category group.

    If however, you don’t want another cylinder, you can simply return the empty one in good condition and receive a partial refund on the cost of the Cylinder Refill Agreement, which is worked out on a sliding scale.

    If you wish to dispose of a gas cylinder without a Cylinder Refill Agreement please take it to a community recycling centre.

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    Gift wrap

    See wrapping paper.

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    Glass bottles and jars

    All glass bottles and jars can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. You don't need to remove the labels and it doesn't matter if the glass is broken. You can also recycle the metal or plastic lids however, please make sure they are separated from the bottle or jar so both parts can be recycled easily.

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    Glass panes

    Panes of glass should not be put in your recycling bin as it has a different composition from glass bottles and needs to be recycled separately. Please take them to a community recycling centre.

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    Glasses

    See spectacles.

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    Grass trimmings

    See garden waste.

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    Greeting cards

    See cards.

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    Gypsum waste

    See plasterboard.

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    Hair dryers and straighteners

    See electricals.

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    Hangers

    Coat hangers can be reused over and over again and are often needed by charity shops for displaying clothes. Take metal hangers back to the dry cleaners to be reused rather than throwing them away. However, broken hangers should be put in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Hardcore and rubble

    See rubble.

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    Hazardous waste

    Household hazardous waste including fire extinguishers, gas bottles and household and garden chemicals cannot be disposed of in your blue lidded recycling bin or rubbish bin or sacks. Please refer to Surrey County Council's website for information on how to dispose of these items safely.

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    Hearing aids

    Some charity shops, doctors surgeries, organisations such as The Lions Clubs, and hospital audiology departments accept hearing aids for recycling. These are repaired, refurbished and sent overseas for reuse in developing countries.

    For hearing aid batteries please see batteries.

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    Hedge trimmers

    See tools.

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    Hi-fi equipment

    See electricals.

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    Hoover

    See electricals.

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    Houseplants

    If houseplants outgrow your home, give them to a local retirement home or community centre, or you may know a local business that would like them. Plants are often welcome donations for local village fairs, school fairs, or jumble sales.

    If you can't find a new home for it, you can put it in your home compost bin, put it in your brown wheelie bin if you are a member of Biffa's Green Waste Club, or take it to a community recycling centre. Please don't put them in your recycling or rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Household chemicals

    Some disinfectants are corrosive and a skin irritant, others are flammable. Always follow the manufacturers instructions. Empty plastic bottles, such as bleach bottles, can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or clear recycling sacks. Chemicals should be taken to a community recycling centre for correct disposal.

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    Household rubbish

    Over 50% of your household waste can be recycled. Please make sure you only put items into your rubbish bin or sacks that cannot be recycled. More information on what can be recycled.

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    Incontinence pads

    Please wrap, double bag these and place them in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Inhalers

    Take unwanted or out of date medicines to your local pharmacy. Do not place in your recycling or rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Inkjet cartridges

    See printer cartridges.

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    Ironing boards

    Ironing boards in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. They can also be taken to a community recycling centre or you could arrange a bulky waste collection by Biffa.

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    Iron

    See electricals

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    Jars

    See glass bottles and jars.

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    Jar lids

    Jar lids can be recycled in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. Please make sure they are separated from the glass jar so that both parts can be recycled easily.

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    Japanese Knotweed

    Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant. It must be safely disposed of at an appropriately licensed landfill site. See the Environment Agency website for more details. It must not be put in either your recycling, rubbish or garden waste bins or sacks.

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    Jewellery

    Jewellery in reusable condition could be given to charity shops, friends or family, sold or given away online. Alternatively you could try selling it at jewellery shops or shops such as Cash Converters, especially if it is made from gold or silver.

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    Juice cartons

    See cartons.

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    Junk mail

    All paper junk mail can go in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. Here are some ways you can reduce the junk mail you receive:

    • Be careful about what information you give out e.g. your address, in competition entries.
    • Contact each company directly to stop mail.
    • Sign up with the Mailing Preference Society to stop unsolicited mail. Go online to register.
    • Use Royal Mail’s opt-out service to stop receiving unaddressed mail. Email or write to Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX.
    • Put a ‘no free newspapers or junk mail’ sticker on your letterbox.

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    Kettles

    See electricals.

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    Keyboards

    See electricals.

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    Keys

    Metal keys can be recycled at a community recycling centre.

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    Kitchen appliances

    Kitchen appliances in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. Some charities will also accept them, such as the Surrey Reuse Network.

    They can also be taken to a community recycling centre or you could arrange a bulky waste or fridge/freezer collection by Biffa.

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    Kitchen towels/paper

    Used kitchen towel should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks. Alternatively if it's not greasy or had cleaning products on it you can put it in your home compost bin.

    Kitchen roll cardboard tubes can be placed in your blue lidded recycling bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Kitchen units

    See DIY waste.

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    Kitchen waste

    See food.

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    Labels

    You don't have to remove the labels from tins, cans, bottles or jars as they will be removed during the sorting process.

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    Lamps

    See electricals.

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    Laptops

    See computers.

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    Lawnmowers

    Lawnmowers in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online.

    Electric lawnmowers can be recycled at a community recycling centre. If you have a petrol lawnmower, please make sure that the petrol tank is completely empty. It can then be placed in the scrap metal skip for recycling at a community recycling centre.

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    Laser toner cartridges

    See printer cartridges.

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    Leaves

    Compost your leaves at home or, if you are a Green Waste Club member, you can put them in your garden waste bin. Please do not put them in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Letters

    You can put any paper letters in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Light bulbs

    Energy saving light bulbs can be taken to a community recycling centre and to some shops. The Recolight website has details of local shops with recycling points for energy saving light bulbs. Older style incandescent bulbs cannot be recycled and should be put in your general rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Lights

    See electricals.

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    Linen

    See textiles.

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    Loo rolls

    See toilet rolls.

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    Magazines

    All magazines can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Mail

    See junk mail.

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    Margarine tubs

    Margarine tubs and all plastic pots, tubs and trays can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Mattresses

    The Surrey Reuse Network collect furniture for reusing or recycling. You can also donate furniture to charity shops and second-hand shops. Alternatively, you can take them to a community recycling centre  or arrange a bulky waste collection through Biffa.

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    Medicines

    Take unwanted or out of date medicines to your local pharmacy. Do not place them in your blue lidded recycling bin or rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Medicine and medical product packaging

    Empty and uncontaminated packaging and containers, including cardboard boxes, paper instructions and clean plastic bottles can be placed in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. Unfortunately we cannot recycle medicine blister packs and these should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Metal

    Metal tins and cans can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. Scrap metal can be taken to a community recycling centre.

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    Microwaves

    See electrical items.

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    Milk bottles

    Plastic milk bottles can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. Please return any glass milk bottles to your milkman or to the shop you bought them from.

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    Mirrors

    If they are intact and reusable the Surrey Reuse Network collects furniture for reusing or recycling. You can also donate furniture to charity shops and second-hand shops. Alternatively, you can take them to a community recycling centre or arrange a bulky waste collection through Biffa.

    If they are broken please take them to a community recycling centre.

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    Mobile phones

    You can sell your phone, donate it to charity, put it in a tied carrier bag next to your green food caddy for collection, or take it to a community recycling centre.

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    Motor oil

    See engine oil.

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    MP3 players

    See electricals.

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    Music

    See CDs.

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    Musical instruments

    Musical instruments in reusable condition could be given to charity shops, friends or family, sold or given away online. If they are broken you can dispose of them at a community recycling centre or you can put small items in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Nappies

    Nappies can't be recycled and should be put in your rubbish bin or sacks.

    Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day. They take a couple of hundred years to decompose. Find out how to use cloth nappies and help the environment by visiting Go Real.

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    Needles

    See sharps.

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    Newspapers

    All newspapers can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Office equipment

    See furniture.

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    Oil

    See cooking oil.

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    Oil tanks

    When having a new heating oil tank fitted in your home ask if the company can remove the old one for you and dispose of it safely.

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    Ovens

    See electricals.

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    Packaging

    Most plastic packaging can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks including plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles. But we cannot recycle expanded polystyrene, bubble wrap or cling film and these should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Paint

    If you have unwanted paint, which is still usable, you could ask friends and family if they want it or donate it to a Community RepaintThis link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window) scheme. Although there aren't any operating in Surrey there are schemes in London and other counties within the south east.

    You can take paint for disposal to a community recycling centreThis link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window). Please ask a site operative where to put it as it depends on the type of paint.

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    Paint tins

    Empty paint tins should be taken to a community recycling centreThis link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window). Please ask a site operative where to put it.

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    Paper

    All paper can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. This includes junk mail, letters, envelopes, birthday cards and office paper. You don't need to remove staples, glue, Sellotape or windows from envelopes.

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    Paper towels

    Please place in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Patio furniture

    See furniture.

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    Pet food

    Empty pet food cans be recycled in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. The actual food can go into your green food waste caddy.

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    Pet litter and bedding

    All pet litter (cat, guinea pig, rabbit, dog, etc) can go into your rubbish bin or sacks however, it must be wrapped up to contain it as much as possible and should not make the waste bag too heavy (up to 10kg).

    Biffa's Green Waste Club are not able to take animal bedding or waste in the garden waste bins. Even where the animals are vegetarian, and the bedding is hay or straw, the waste is still the by-product of an animal.

    We acknowledge that pet bedding will compost beautifully but we cannot accept them due to regulations. The garden waste collection is just that, a garden waste collection. We suggest you compost these materials in a home compost bin which are available at subsidised prices from Surrey County Council.

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    Petrol

    See fuel.

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    Phone books

    All phone books can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Photographs

    Paper-based photographs can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks, however polaroid-type photos should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Piano

    Pianos in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. They can also be taken to a community recycling centre or contact Biffa for a quote to collect it from your home on 01883 712333.

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    Plant pots

    See flower pots and trays.

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    Plasterboard and gypsum waste

    Plasterboard and gypsum-based products can be taken to the following community recycling centres. Disposal charges were brought in from 1 September 2016.

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    Plastics

    Most plastic packaging can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks including plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles. Please remove any film cover and place it in your rubbish bin or sacks. We also cannot recycle expanded polystyrene, bubble wrap or cling film and these should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

    Plastic storage boxes, toys and crates should be reused if possible and taken to a community recycling centre if not.

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    Plastic strapping

    Unfortunately we cannot recycle plastic strapping and this should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Plastic bags

    Remember to reuse your plastic bags when you go shopping, or buy a bag for life or canvas bag which will last longer. You can also use them to put textiles or small electricals items out for collection, and to line your food waste caddy.

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    Plastic bottles

    All empty plastic bottles and lids can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. Please squash the bottle and put the lid back on as this helps create more room on the collection vehicles.

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    Plastic film

    We cannot recycle plastic film and this should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Plastic tubs and trays

    All empty plastic pots, tubs and trays can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Polystyrene

    Polystyrene packaging could be reused when posting to protect the item you are sending however, if you can't reuse it please place it in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Postage stamps

    See stamps.

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    Pots and pans

    Pots and pans in good condition could be taken to a charity shop and resold. They can also be taken to a community recycling centre and placed in the metal container for recycling.

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    Printer cartridges

    Refill printer cartridges if possible. High street chains such as Cartridge World or Smart Cartridge as well as other independent outlets offer refill and recycling services. Some charities will also collect them or you can take them to a community recycling centre.

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    Printers

    See electricals.

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    Pyrex glass

    Pyrex glass should not be put in your recycling. It has a different composition from glass bottles and needs to be collected separately. Please take it to a community recycling centre. Alternatively it can go in your rubbish bin or sacks however, please make sure any broken glass is well wrapped and a note is added to warn the crew.

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    Quilts

    See bedding.

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    Radiators

    See DIY waste.

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    Radios

    See electricals.

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    Razor blades

    Razor blades should be well wrapped and placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Records

    Records in good condition could be sold or donated to charities. If they can't be reused you can put them in your rubbish bin or sacks, or take them to a community recycling centre. The cardboard covers can be removed and recycled in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Roofing felt

    See DIY waste.

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    Rubber hose pipe

    Rubber hose pipe in reusable condition could given to friends or family, sold or given away online. If it can't be reused it can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Rubble

    Up to 25kgs of rubble can be disposed of for free every day at the following community recycling centres. Disposal charges were brought in from 1 September 2016.

  • Charlton Lane, Shepperton
  • Wilton Road, Camberley
  • Martyrs Lane, Woking
  • Blenheim Road, Epsom
  • Randalls Road, Leatherhead
  • Horley Road, Earlswood
  • Petworth Road, Witley
  • Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford
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    Rugs

    See carpets.

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    Sanitary products

    Sanitary products should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks. Please do not place these items into your blue lidded recycling bin or sacks, and do not flush them down the toilet as they will block the drains.

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    Sat navs

    See electricals.

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    Saucepans

    You could donate them to a charity shop or give them away to friends, family or online. If they need to be disposed of please place them in your rubbish bin or sacks, or take them to a community recycling centre.

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    Scanners

    See electricals.

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    Scrap metal

    Scrap metal can be recycled by selling it to a dealer or take it to a community recycling centre.

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    Sellotape

    Used Sellotape should be put in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Sewing machines

    Some charities will accept sewing machines and some industrial machines.  Use a search engine to find a suitable charity.

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    Shampoo bottles

    All empty bottles can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Sharps

    This includes syringes, needles and other sharp instruments.

    All sharps should be placed in special sharps boxes available on prescription from a GP or healthcare professional. Do not place in your general rubbish. Call us on 01883 722000 or email customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk to arrange collection.

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    Shed

    See DIY waste.

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    Shelving

    See furniture.

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    Shoes and boots

    See textiles.

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    Shopping bags

    See plastic bags.

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    Shredded paper

    See confidential waste.

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    Sideboards

    See DIY waste.

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    Sofa

    See furniture.

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    Soil

    See DIY waste.

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    Solar panels

    Some can be returned to the manufacturer, check the PV Cycle website for more information.

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    Spectacles and sunglasses

    Old glasses in good condition can be donated to developing countries around the world. Ask your local optician if they collect them, or send old glasses in a sturdy box to: Vision Aid Overseas, 12 The Bell Centre, Manor Royal, Crawley, W. Sussex, RH10 2FZ. Unwanted spectacles can also be dropped off at any Help the Aged shop, Dolland & Aitchinson opticians or a community recycling centre.

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    Sponges

    Cleaning sponges, body sponges or scrubs, and J-cloths cannot currently be recycled. Please place these in your rubbish bin or sacks if they cannot be reused.

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    Stamps

    Oxfam accepts old stamps that are reused to raise money for campaigns. Cut stamps from the envelope, preferably with a 3mm margin. They can be taken to any Oxfam shop or posted to: Oxfam Stamp & Coin Unit, Murdock Road, Bicester OX26 4RF. Stamps can also be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Otherwise, they can be left on your envelopes and placed in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Stereos

    See electricals.

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    Staples

    You can leave staples in magazines, newspapers or any paper you put in your blue lidded recycling bin or sacks. These are removed in the recycling sorting and cleaning processes.

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    Straw bedding

    See pet litter and bedding.

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    Straws

    Plastic drinking straws can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Sticky tape

    See sellotape.

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    Styrofoam

    Some styrofoam, such as the peanut shaped pellets, could be reused when posting to protect the item you are sending. Other styrofoam packaging, such as takeaway containers or packaging around a new TV, should be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Swing/slide

    Swings, slides or similar items in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. Large outdoor toys made of plastic can be taken to a community recycling centre however, please check with a member of staff to ensure they are placed in the right container. You can also call Biffa on 01883 712333 for a quote to have it collected from you home.

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    Tables

    See furniture.

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    Tablet computers

    See computers.

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    Takeaway food containers

    Empty plastic food containers, except polystyrene, can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or clear recycling sacks, or they could be reused.

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    Tarmac

    Tarmac is not accepted at the community recycling centres as it is classed as industrial waste. To arrange for the disposal of tarmac, you should contact a legitimate commercial waste management or skip hire company that is licensed to accept it. Suitable companies can be found by looking in the Yellow Pages.

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    Tea bags

    See food.

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    Tea towels

    See textiles.

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    Teddy bears and soft toys

    Your local charity shop, hospital or clinic could benefit from your unwanted good quality teddy bears and soft toys. If they can't be reused you can put them in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Telephones

    You can sell your phone, donate it to charity, put it in a tied carrier bag next to your green food caddy for collection, or take it to a community recycling centre.

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    Telephone directories

    See phonebooks.

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    Televisions

    See electricals.

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    Tetra Pak

    See cartons.

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    Textiles

    Unwanted clean and dry clothes, paired shoes and home textiles can be donated to charity shops. Alternatively you can put these in tied plastic carrier bags and leave them next to your green food caddy for collection. Or take them to a recycling bank site.

    Unfortunately, bulky stuffed items including duvets and pillows are not suitable for recycling and need to be taken to a community recycling centre to be dealt with as waste.

    If you have a lot of clothes and textiles for recycling (e.g. clearing out a house), some textile recycling companies will come and collect them for free, such as D & M Textile Reclamation on 020 8665 7555.

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    Tiles (floor and wall)

    See DIY waste.

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    Timber and wood

    Timber and wood such as doors, sheds, fence panels and fitted kitchens or wardrobes are classed as construction waste and small amounts can be taken to the following community recycling centres.

    Alternatively, some timber items such as a dismantled shed can be collected from your home by Biffa for a charge, call 01883 712333 for a quote.

    Please do not put wood in your recycling or rubbish bins.

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    Tissues

    Because of the fibres used to make tissues, they cannot be recycled into new products. Please put these into your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Toasters

    See electricals.

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    Toilet rolls

    Toilet roll tubes can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks.

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    Tomato puree tubes

    Empty tomato puree tubes can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. You can also recycle the lid however, please make sure it is separated from the tomato puree tube so that both parts can be recycled easily.

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    Toner cartridges

    See printer cartridges.

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    Tools

    Old tools may only need minor repairs for them to function again. Try repairing them yourself, or if you no longer have a use for them search online for companies who will refurbish tools for resale.

    Small electrical tools can go in tied carrier bags next to your green food caddy for collection however please make sure you wrap up any sharp edges to prevent injuries to the crews. Alternatively they can be taken to a community recycling centre.

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    Toothbrushes

    Toothbrushes cannot be recycled. Please put these into your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Toothpaste tubes

    Empty toothpaste tubes can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling bin or recycling sacks. You can also recycle the lid however, please make sure it is separated from the toothpaste tube so that both parts can be recycled easily.

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    Torch

    See electricals.

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    Towels

    See textiles.

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    Toys and games

    Any in reusable condition could be given to friends, neighbours or a local charity shop. Toys and games that can't be used again can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks in small quantities. Please take larger quantities to a community recycling centre.

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    Trade waste

    See business waste.

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    Trampoline

    Trampolines in reusable condition could be given to friends or family, sold or given away online. You can also call Biffa on 01883 712333 for a quote to have it collected from you home.

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    Tumble dryers

    See white goods.

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    TVs

    See electricals.

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    Typewriters

    Some typewriters can be donated to charity.

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    Tyres

    Most tyre repair centres will dispose of your used tyres for a small charge. You can also take them to the following community recycling centres. Disposal charges were brought in from 1 September 2016.

  • Charlton Lane, Shepperton
  • Wilton Road, Camberley
  • Martyrs Lane, Woking
  • Blenheim Road, Epsom
  • Randalls Road, Leatherhead
  • Horley Road, Earlswood
  • Petworth Road, Witley
  • Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford 
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    Umbrellas

    Reuse unbroken umbrellas by donating them to your local charity shop or selling them at a jumble sale. If the umbrella is broken please place it in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Vacuum cleaners

    See electricals.

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    Vegetable oil

    See cooking oil.

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    Vegetable peelings

    See food.

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    Video recorders

    See electricals.

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    Video tapes and DVDs

    Old videos and DVDs can be donated to your local charity shop. If they are not in good enough condition they can go in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Wallpaper

    Unfortunately wallpaper cannot be recycled due to the coatings applied to it. Small quantities can be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks or you can take it to a community recycling centre.

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    Wardrobe

    See furniture.

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    Washing machine

    See white goods.

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    Watches

    See jewellery.

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    Water filters

    If you use BRITA brand water filters you can recycle them at most Argos, Robert Dyas and Homebase stores. Visit the BRITA website to find a participating store near you.

    If you use other water filter brands, then check with that particular manufacturer to see if they provide a similar service.

    You can also recycle water filters at a community recycling centre.

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    Water tanks

    See DIY waste.

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    Weed killer

    See chemicals.

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    White goods

    White goods are large domestic electrical appliances like cookers, washing machines, fridges and freezers. The Surrey Reuse Network collects items that are suitable for reusing or recycling. Alternatively, you can take them to a community recycling centre or arrange a bulky waste or fridge/freezer collection by Biffa.

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    Window frames

    See DIY waste.

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    Wine bottles

    Wine bottles can be placed in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Wood

    See timber.

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    Wooden pallets

    See timber.

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    Wool and haberdashery

    Wool can be donated to local retirement homes, day centres or local playgroups. Some charities will also accept haberdashery.

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    Wrapping paper

    Most wrapping paper can be placed in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks. Unfortunately we cannot recycle foil wrapping paper and this will need to be placed in your rubbish bin or sacks.

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    Xmas trees

    See Christmas trees.

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    Yellow pages

    Put unwanted yellow pages in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Yogurt pots

    Yogurt pots can be put in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin or clear recycling sacks.

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    Zinc batteries

    See batteries.

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