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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.

Family demonstrating recycling

What you can recycle

Paper & cardboard

  • Books.
  • 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).

Collection day

The recycling will be collected on alternate weeks.

What you can't recycle in your blue lidded bin

Still not sure where to place an item you wish to get rid of? Type it into the search tool.

Guide to recycling and waste services available to households.

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.

You can also take your recycling to a community recycling centre or certain items can be taken to a recycling bank site.

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?

  1. The MRF comprises a series of conveyor belts, screens and technology to sort all the different materials.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. The material travels through large cogs, which separate out the heavy glass and large card.
  5. Next a fast spinning set of star shaped wheels removes two dimensional materials such as paper and any remaining card.
  6. 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.
  7. An optical reader detects the different types and colours of plastics and air jets blow them off the conveyor belt into collection hoppers.
  8. 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.
  9. Finally there is a hand sorting process to ensure that everything that we can recycle is recycled!
  10. Now all the materials have been separated. They are baled up and sent off to be made into new items.

A Biffa vehicle arrives at the MRF in Edmonton to unload mixed recycling onto the factory floor.View of the material recovery facility (MRF) at Edmonton in North London showing the conveyor belts used to sort materials.Image showing bales of mixed recycling at MRF in Edmonton


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?

You can recycle glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, paper, card, cardboard and textiles at recycling bank sites. You can recycle these items and more at a community recycling centre.


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:

  1. Silver smaller indoor caddy (approx 5 litres, H23cm x D23cm X W26cm) for your kitchen.
  2. 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
Recycling percentage 53% 52% 51% 44% 34% 33% 32% 29% 26% 24% 23% 22%

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.