How much are we recycling?
Epsom & Ewell residents now recycle nearly half of their household waste. You recycled nearly 45% in 2013/14.
And landfill has fallen dramatically. The Surrey Waste Partnership has worked to divert non-recyclable waste into energy-from-waste plants to create electricity. So, in 2013/14 only 6% of Surrey's waste ended up in landfill.
But recycling in Epsom & Ewell has started to fall. And, still, some waste that could be recycled is being thrown away in rubbish bins. For example, 10% of rubbish bins is recyclable paper and card; 4% is recyclable glass bottles and jars and 5% is textiles.
There are compelling reasons to keep recycling more. Recycled goods reduce our dependence on the earth's natural resources, help the environment and create wealth and job opportunities of their own.
Please help us to recycle more.
Why are white paper and cardboard recycled in different containers?
White paper is recycled in your kerbside box or bag. Cardboard is recycled in your black bin.
This is because white paper is much more valuable than cardboard. By separating it, we can sell white paper for a good income. We set that income against our service costs to help get the best value for you. This helps us to maintain one of the lower cost waste collection services in the country.
Do I have to recycle?
No, but we hope that you will want to. Recycling really counts. And recycling is easy, with so many things now recycled from the kerbside.
We hope that residents will continue to join our services and recycle more. There is certainly more to do. For example, although weekly food waste recycling collections have been running since 2009, last year we still threw over 3,000 tonnes of food waste away in our fortnightly rubbish bins.
What happens to my recycling after it is collected?
We sell the materials that we collect to recycling companies. This helps us to keep our services as cost effective as possible.
Food waste is passed through special processes to safely compost the food and destroy all harmful germs. A rich, clean compost is produced for use in agriculture whilst the energy generated in the process is harnessed as biofuel.
||Cardboard and plastics can processed into new packaging and other items. Did you know that a new fleece jacket can be made from just 10 recycled plastic bottles? Some plastic is even made into synthetic diesel. Cartons are made into plasterboard for buildings. |
Paper is turned into new newsprint. It takes just six days to go from kerbside box to news-stand.
||Glass bottles and jars are mostly recycled into more bottles and jars, but recycled glass can also be turned into pellets which are used as a subsurface in road-building.|
||Steel and aluminium cans are sent to recycling plants where they are recycled into a number of products - including new cans, of course! This uses only 5% of the energy that making brand new cans would take.|
||Household batteries are recycled into new batteries and other products.|
||Clean clothing and textiles may be reused or resold. Lower quality items may be recycled into other cloth products.|
||Garden waste is composted and used as soil-improver in major commercial projects.|
Why collect recycling in this way?
Putting your recycling into different containers helps us to separate materials efficiently before sending them to recycling companies.
Clean, sorted recycling has a greater value when we sell it to recycling companies and can be reprocessed into higher quality end products. This helps us to keep the cost of our services as low as possible.
Will the Council remove its recycling centres?
No. The recycling centres and Surrey County Council's Civic Amenity Site at Blenheim Road will remain in operation to complement these kerbside services.
Why must I recycle garden waste and food separately?
Garden waste undergoes a simple composting process. Regulations to protect public health mean that food waste must undergo a more complex and expensive process. This ensures that all harmful bacteria are eliminated.
If both types of waste were collected together, both would have to undergo the more complex process required for food waste. This would be unnecessarily costly.
Do not put any food waste in your garden waste bin. It will not be collected.