Bin collections and community recycling centres – what can you do to help?

Bin collections and community recycling centres – what can you do to help?

We are working with the Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) to advise residents on how they can help ensure the smooth running of the district’s recycling and rubbish collection service, during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the coming weeks, the service is likely to be impacted by staff shortages due to sickness.

As there are more people at home, there is an increase in the amount of waste being collected in the district. Some waste collection services may take longer to be collected and there may be delays or the service temporarily suspended. If you have not had your scheduled waste collection, please leave your bins at the edge of your property.

To minimise delays, please follow these guidelines:

  • Put your bins out early and leave them out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Be considerate when parking your car on your collection day, because this will help to ensure the collection vehicles can easily access your road.
  • Put the right items in the right bins. Use the Surrey Recycles search tool to find out what goes in which bin.
  • Reduce the amount of waste you produce. Consider using an alternative reusable item. Read these tips on how to reduce the amount of waste you produce.
  • Compact your recycling into bins as much as possible to maximise space and only put bins out when they’re full.
  • Start composting at home. You can buy a compost bin at a reduced rate, but if you’d like to compost all your food waste, consider buying a waste digester.
  • If you decide to have a spring clean while you’re at home, don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.

Read the latest guidance on how to deal with your waste if you're self-isolating.

Community Recycling Centres

Following the government’s announcement last night, the community recycling centres in Caterham on the Hill and Warlingham have closed until further notice. We would strongly encourage residents to not dispose of their waste by lighting bonfires as they can create smoke, cause air pollution and prevent people from being in their gardens.

To be kept up to date on our recycling and rubbish collection service, sign up to receive our recycling and rubbish e-newsletter.

If you need to contact us about your bin collections, please use our online links if you can to free up the phone lines for people without access to the internet. 

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