We collect your blue lidded mixed recycling wheelie bin (please make sure the lid can close), or clear recycling sacks, from the edge of your property nearest the road on alternate weeks. All containers must be available by 6am on your collection day. Please put your clean and dry recycling loose into your bin. Do not use black sacks as we need to be able to see it's recycling to empty it.
Recycling sacks are only supplied where wheeled bins cannot be used because of steep steps or difficult access, and to residents who are unable to physically move a wheeled bin. We do not provide them for additional recycling.
What you can recycle
Paper & cardboard
- Cardboard – any size (as long as bin lid can close).
- Cereal boxes.
- Computer paper/print outs.
- Envelopes including window type.
- Egg boxes.
- Greeting cards.
- Junk mail.
- Newspapers/ magazines.
- Office paper white & coloured.
- Other paper including clean paper bags.
- Shredded paper (please contain in paper bags or cereal boxes when possible).
- Telephone directories including Yellow Pages and other catalogues.
- Wrapping paper (non-shiny).
- Food and drink cartons (eg soup, milk, juice).
- Plastic caps and lids.
- Plastic coloured and clear bottles eg detergent, fabric conditioners, bleach, household cleaning fluids, hair care, bath, shower and cooking oil bottles.
- Plastic coloured and clear drinks bottles.
- Plastic coloured and clear food trays.
- Plastic containers eg yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs, margarine containers.
- Singular plastic carrier bags (not black bags).
- Plastic packaging (but not cling film or bubble wrap).
- Toothpaste tubes.
- Yoghurt containers, straws and other containers.
- Aerosol cans (fully discharged).
- Drink and food cans.
- Foil, including metal food trays (with any remaining food removed before being put in the recycling bin).
- Metal lids eg screw tops, beer bottle tops, jam jar lids, can lids.
- Bottles and jars (please remove lids. Metal lids can go in the recycling bin and corks should go in the general waste bin).
The recycling will be collected on alternate weeks.
What you can't recycle in your blue lidded bin
- Ash from heating house/water - put in your rubbish bin/bags when cool and please make sure the bags aren't too heavy.
- Batteries - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
- Bubblewrap - reuse it or put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- CDs and cases - donate to a charity shop or put in your rubbish bin/bags..
- Ceramics - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken wrap any sharp edges and put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Cling film and other stretchy plastic wrapping - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Clothes - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
- Clothes hangers - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Coffee cups - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Corks - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Crisp packets - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Flower pots - donate to a keen gardener if reusable. If broken put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Food containers that food cannot be removed from - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Food waste - you can recycle this every week in your food caddy.
- Garden waste - compost at home, join the Green Waste Club or take to a community recycling centre.
- Hard plastic such as toys, milk and beer crates - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken put in your rubbish bin/bags or take to a community recycling centre.
- Large electrical items - donate to a local charity if reusable, sell or give it away online or take to a community recycling centre.
- Light bulbs - old style ones can be wrapped and put in your rubbish bin/bags. New style ones should be taken to a community recycling centre as they are hazardous.
- Medicine blister packs - put empty ones in your rubbish bin/bags. Any unwanted or out of date medicine should be returned to your local pharmacy.
- Nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products - put in your rubbish bin/bags but please make sure it's double bagged and not too heavy.
- Pet litter and bedding - put in your rubbish bin/bags but please make sure it's double bagged and not too heavy.
- Plastic strapping - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Polystyrene & Styrofoam - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Pyrex, kitchenware and broken glass - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken wrap any sharp edges and put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Rubber hose pipe - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Saucepans or other larger metal items - take to a community recycling centre.
- Small electrical items - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
- Textiles and shoes - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
- Toothbrushes - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Wet/used kitchen paper or tissues - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Window glass, drinking glasses and mirrors - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If not please take to a community recycling centre.
- Wipes - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
- Wood - take to a community recycling centre.
Still not sure where to place an item you wish to get rid of? Type it into the search tool.
How clean does my recycling need to be?
Please put any leftover food into your food caddy and rinse items with your leftover washing up water. This will prevent your bin from getting dirty or smelly, it will be cleaner for the operatives sorting the materials for recycling, and will help us to recycle as much as possible.
What if my recycling does not fit in the wheeled bin?
You can place additional recycling in plastic carrier bags (no black sacks, we need to be able to see it's recycling), cardboard boxes or clear recycling sacks bought from some supermarkets or online next to your recycling bin. We do not provide clear sacks for additional recycling.
If you often fill up your blue lidded recycling bin then you can have another one by filling in the request a recycling container form.
What happens to recycling?
All the recycling materials you put in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheelie bin will be taken to a material recovery facility (MRF). Biffa run the MRF we use in Edmonton, North London.
What happens at the MRF?
- The MRF comprises a series of conveyor belts, screens and technology to sort all the different materials.
- The mixed recycling is unloaded onto the factory floor before the shovel loader scoops it up and loads it in to the main feed (a huge skip).
- From there it is loaded onto a conveyor belt. The bags housing the recycling are ripped open, sucked up into a vacuum-like pipe and sent to be recycled while the rest of the material continues on its journey.
- The material travels through large cogs, which separate out the heavy glass and large card.
- Next a fast spinning set of star shaped wheels removes two dimensional materials such as paper and any remaining card.
- Three dimensional items such as cans and plastic bottles drop through to another conveyor belt, where magnets and eddy current separators remove the steel and aluminium cans.
- An optical reader detects the different types and colours of plastics and air jets blow them off the conveyor belt into collection hoppers.
- Glass is also sorted into different sized grades and small bits of contamination such as shredded paper and bottle tops are removed using cyclone technology.
- Finally there is a hand sorting process to ensure that everything that we can recycle is recycled!
- Now all the materials have been separated. They are baled up and sent off to be made into new items.
Why should I recycle?
Recycling as much of your household waste as possible reduces your impact on the environment. You will help stop lots of waste from ending up in one of the landfill sites which are already running out of space. Recycling saves natural resources such as trees and oil and reduces the need to quarry sand and metal ore to produce new glass and cans. You will also help to save energy, for example recycling an aluminium can saves 95% of the energy it would take to make a brand new one!
Where can I take my materials for recycling?
What happens if I am away on my collection day?
If you are away on or during your collection day either present the food waste caddy and/or recycling bin for collection before you depart, ask a neighbour/friend if they would mind putting your food waste and/or recycling bin out on your collection day, or alternatively wait until you return.
What happens if I forget to put my recycling bin or food waste caddy out?
You will have to wait until your next scheduled collection day.
I cannot move the recycling wheelie bin?
If you are physically unable to move the recycling wheelie bin we can arrange for an assisted recycling collection from your front door.
Can I line my recycling wheelie bin?
Yes you can with a clear wheelie bin liner however you do not have to. If you rinse your jars, bottles and food trays before putting them in your recycling bin then it should stay clean.
Please do not use black bin liners as these are designed to line waste bins and are recognised by the collection crews as waste, not recycling.
Why has the collection vehicle collected from one side of the road but not the other?
The recycling and waste vehicles may collect from one side of the road at a time, coming back to collect from the other side later in the day. This minimises the risk to the crew by reducing the amount of times they have to cross the road and may be a more efficient route for particular roads.
There are lots of steps to my property, how will I get the recycling bin up and down these?
You may be able to store your wheeled bin at the roadside of the steps and put it at the edge of your property for collection every other week. However, if this is not possible we can provide clear plastic recycling sacks.
I have just moved to Tandridge what bins should I have?
You should have two food waste caddies:
- Silver smaller indoor caddy (approx 5 litres, H23cm x D23cm X W26cm) for your kitchen.
- Green larger lockable outdoor caddy (approx 20 litres, H39cm x D39cm x W31cm) for the collection service. Please empty the contents of your silver caddy into your green caddy.
You should also have a blue lidded 240 litre wheeled bin which is used to collect materials for recycling only.
The Council does not provide bins for your general waste, these are bought by the householder. We recommend you use a dustbin to contain your waste however if you use a wheeled bin it must not be up or down steps as the crew will have to wheel it to the vehicle to empty it. Wheeled bins will only be returned to the edge of the property.
If you are missing the food waste caddies or recycling wheeled bin you can order them on our website. If you are missing a general waste bin you can buy one from many local stores or online.
If I move can I take my food waste caddies or recycling bin with me?
No, these will be needed by the next resident. Please clean both the food waste caddies and the recycling bin, and leave them at your property.
How much are we recycling in Tandridge?
The table below shows how much household waste was collected and recycled year by year since 2004.
|Tonnes of recyclable waste||16,074||14,942||14,974||12,159||9,595||9,284||9,178||8,308||7,793||7,464||7,001||6,747|
|Tonnes of non-recyclable waste (rubbish/refuse)||14,325||14,020||14,440||15,454||19,039||18,735||19,686||20,455||21,635||23,381||23,585||24,318|
We really appreciate your help recycling as much as possible and hope that you will continue to help us to recycle even more.
How do I make sure I get my recycling bin and food waste caddy back after a collection?
The crew will return both your recycling bin and your food waste caddy to the edge of your property. If you are worried about the bin being misplaced please write your house number or house name clearly in permanent marker.
What happens if my food waste caddy or recycling bin is damaged or stolen?
If your food waste caddy or recycling bin is damaged or stolen please order a replacement on our website.