Borough Insight

Help us recycle more of the right things

Help us recycle more of the right things this summerResearch shows that many people feel like they are already recycling as much as they can. But according to data, over 26,000 tonnes of recyclable waste can be found in Surrey’s rubbish bins. Categorised by material, that would look something like this…

  • 9,096 tonnes of paper and card, equating to roughly 5,000 cars.
  • 8,353 tonnes of plastic, equal to almost 1,500 elephants.
  • 6,619 tonnes of glass, that’s approximately 9,500 cows.
  • 2,268 tonnes of metal, equivalent to around 4,500 polar bears.

Why is this a big deal?

For Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and the tax payer, recycling makes financial sense because it costs less to recycle waste than it does to dispose of it as rubbish. It’s also better for the environment as recycling generates less carbon dioxide than rubbish disposal. So as a county Surrey needs to waste less and recycle more.

Win, win, with your recycling bin

This summer, please help save money and the planet by recycling more. That includes:

  • Letters, envelopes, paper, card, leaflets, catalogues, glossy brochures and magazines, junk mail, newspapers and cardboard.
  • Food packaging such as plastic pots, tubs and trays.
  • Plastic bottles used for shampoo, detergent, and cleaning products.
  • Glass bottles and jars.
  • Metal food tins for things like tuna, soup, fruit and pet food.

These small changes will make a big impact, not only to the planet but we can use the money saved for essential services for Surrey’s communities instead.

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