Borough Insight

It’s National Recycle Week!

Recycle Week is a celebration of everything about recycling. Recycle week logo

Now in its 12th year, this year’s theme is Recycling around the Home

There are lots of items that can be recycled from all around the home that you may not previously have thought about recycling.

Clothes and textiles - even old underwear, damaged clothing and faded curtains - that aren’t suitable to be passed onto someone else can be recycled and made into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets.

Please, recycle your clothing and textiles either in your weekly kerbside box (just seal them in a plastic bag to keep the rain off and put a label on the outside so the team know what you’ve left out to be collected) or place your items in one of the recycling banks around the Borough.

Recycling food waste is as important as recycling other household items like glass, cans and paper. However careful we are, not all food will be eaten and there will always be peelings, bones, egg shells etc. When organic waste is put
in landfill it biodegrades and can have serious environmental consequences.

Food waste collected in Epsom & Ewell is anaerobically digested  - producing fertiliser and biogas. The biogas is converted into electricity and the fertiliser is used on farm land to grow crops.

Please use biobags,newspaper or paper kitchen roll to wrap your food waste, or simply leave it unwrapped in your food waste bin.

Plastics are polymers, chains of molecules produced by smaller molecules called monomers. There are many different types of plastics depending on their molecular make up and shape. These plastics can be recycled and made into new products such as fleeces, pillows or new plastic bottles.

Your black bin recycles all types of plastics from wherever they are in the house - whether it's cups, pots, tubs, trays, bottles, bags, film, packaging and any other type of plastic.

Watch new animation! That shows how easy it is to recycle around the home:  




Your comments (1 comment)

  • Alan MobbsJune 26, 2015

    1. It woud be very useful if small bags of tin foil could be collected at the kerbside in the same way that is done for textiles and batteries. 2. Equally, it would be useful to be able to leave small electrical items out for collection. 3. Many sweet wrappers and crisp packets etc. seem to be plastic. Do you count these as plastic waste? Currently, I do leave these out in the black bin. 4. Are you able yet to accept polystyrene for recycling? There is no need to publish these questions but many people may appreciate the answers. Thank you

    Thank you for getting in touch. Please find below the answers to your queries:

    1. Foil: Foil is only a tiny part of our waste and often comes contaminated with food stuff (including cooked-on waste), as a result a lot of it is wasted. Also, there is a demand for foil by aluminium recyclers only when the price of aluminium is very strong. So for practical and economic reasons, foil is not collected.

    2. Small electrical items: We are looking into this and will accordingly communicate when available.

    3. Plastic wrappers: Yes, these can be recycled in the black bin.

    4. Polystyrene: Yes, this is plastic so can be recycled in the black bin.

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