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You can recycling your old textiles, clothes and accessories

Did you know that we will collect your old textiles, clothes and accessories every week for recycling?

Image of textiles recycling scarecrow We recycle clothes, shoes and accessories.  And we can recycle textiles such as towels, cloths, sheets, quilt covers, pillow cases and curtains too (but not duvets, pillows or cushions please).

After collection some items can be re-used.  Others are recycled into new products.

It's easy to do.  Just bag them up to keep them dry, and put a label on so we know that it's not just rubbish.  Then leave them in, or next to, your weekly kerbside recycling box.  We will do the rest.

So when you next clear out your old clothes, shoes or accessories, or when you throw away those old towels or bedding, please remember to recycle.  Thank you.

Watch our recycling video

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Watch our recycling video
, produced with the help of Epsom & Ewell residents.

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Why worry about waste?
Image of food waste Epsom & Ewell alone produces around 27,000 tonnes of household waste each year.

Last year you recycled 46% of that.  Of the rest, only a tiny fraction now goes to landfill (about 6% of all of your waste) and the rest is burned in specialist plants to generate electricity.

But even though that's better for the environment, it's still very expensive.  Last year the rubbish in your refuse bins cost you over £1.7 million in energy-from-waste costs.  Recycling is hugely cheaper, and even better for the environment.

How much do we recycle?

In 2015/16 residents recycled around 13,200 tonnes of household waste through the Council's recycling services. That was around the same as the previous year, but a slight fall in the amount of rubbish thrown away in your refuse bins meant that your recycling rate increased slightly from 45% to 46%. Thank you.

Can we recycle more?

Yes. Although up to two thirds of your waste could easily be recycled, some recyclable waste is still being throw into residents' green rubbish bins.  From time to time we study what's being thrown away in your refuse bins.  The last study in 2013 showed:

We will be doing a study of what goes into refuse bins again during 2016 to see if that has changed.  remember, recycle whatever you can.

What happens to my recycling after it is collected?

We think this is the really interesting bit. What happens to recycling, and the End Destinations of Recycling Charter.

Does it really matter?

Most certainly. Recycling significantly reduces the cost of disposing of waste and is much better for the environment than any other option - including burning to make electricity.  And it reduces overall carbon emissions by reducing the amount of raw materials and energy in manufacture. For example, recycling cans, rather than making new ones, reduces their carbon footprint by nearly three quarters.

What can I do to help?

Remember to reduce, re-use or recycle as much as you can before you reach for the rubbish bin. Sites such as Freecycle could make it easy for you to find another home for your unwanted items.

Please do not put something in your green rubbish bin if it can be recycled.

Love food, hate waste

Every year across the 8.3 million tonnes of food and drink, worth £12 billion, goes to waste.

Love Food Hate Waste
 aims to show families how they could save on their food shopping bill, simply by throwing away less food. Find out about recipes and food facts that really pay.

For tips on smart shopping, cooking less and clever food storage visit

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Has the Love Food Hate Waste campaign really made a difference?

What about carrier bags and packaging?

You can recycle your carrier bags and packaging in your black recycling bin.

The amount of packaging that councils have to collect is gradually reducing. Manufacturers are working to reduce packaging, or make it recyclable or compostable. Carrier bag usage has almost halved in the UK in recent years.

In 2005, over 40 major retailers, brand owners, manufacturers and suppliers signed up to a voluntary agreement called the Courtauld Commitment. They reduced packaging waste by 30%.

In 2010, 29 major retailers and brand owners signed up to the Courtauld Commitment 2. This aims to reduce the carbon impact of grocery packaging by 10%, reduce household food and drink waste by 4% and reduce waste in the grocery supply chain by 5%.

How are Surrey's councils working together?

The Surrey Waste Partnership is made up of the county's eleven borough and district councils and Surrey County Council. We aim to manage Surrey's waste in the most efficient, economic and sustainable way possible.

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page updated: Friday, 20 May 2016 © Epsom & Ewell Borough Council 2016