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Save £200,000 by recycling a plastic bottle

Surrey residents are being urged to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week and save the county over £200,000 a year to go back into frontline services. Only 27 per cent of recyclable plastics – such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays – are currently being recycled in Surrey’s households, and the county council is … Continue reading

Surrey residents turn 1,000 tonnes of waste into compost

Surrey residents have composted more than 1,000 tonnes of garden, food and household waste in the past year – as heavy as 64 garden sheds. More than 15,000 bins have been sold through Surrey County Council during the last five years to encourage residents to try composting their rubbish so it rots away naturally. Mike Goodman, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Campaign reveals Surrey litter hotspots

Motorway junctions, train stations and town centres are being targeted as part of a countywide litter campaign launched by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge.  

Discarded furniture would snake up and down Box Hill 10 times

If all the reusable sofas and beds that were thrown away in Surrey last year were laid end to end, they would snake up and down Box Hill 10 times. The line would contain 25,000 pieces of furniture and stretch for 30 miles. In total, 4,500 tonnes of furniture which could still be used are … Continue reading

Glue beauty

A high-tech glue has revolutionised Surrey’s road repairs and is set to save taxpayers millions by recycling old roads and making them new. Instead of ripping up old roads and laying new ones, Surrey County Council is now mixing a super-flexible glue with recycled tarmac to transform it into a brand new surface. In a … Continue reading

Share your recipes for leftovers on Love Food Surrey’s new Facebook app

A new Facebook app has been launched by Surrey County Council to encourage the county’s residents to share recipes which turn lovely leftovers into tasty treats. Creating the app is the latest way the council’s Love Food Surrey campaign is helping residents to reduce the 75,000 tonnes of uneaten food which is thrown away in … Continue reading

Celebrity chef backs Surrey’s home composting campaign

Michelin-star chef and TV star Raymond Blanc is urging Surrey residents to get composting this summer. Mr Blanc, who loves to garden and will soon open his latest brassiere in Farnham, Surrey said: “Composting is a gardening activity you can do all year round. The summer months are a good time of year to either … Continue reading

Every week in Surrey we throw away enough strawberries to cover a tennis court

And every day in Surrey we throw away two shed loads of bananas. These alarming statistics form part of Surrey County Council’s Love Food Surrey campaign which encourages people to think about how much food they are throwing away. Through shopping smarter and using leftovers, it’s estimated the average family could save up to £50 … Continue reading

Discarded sofas and beds would cover the width of Surrey

An estimated 30,000 sofas and beds that could have been reused were thrown away in Surrey last year – enough to stretch across the width of the county if they were laid end to end. The amount of potentially reusable sofas and beds that could have been rehomed would have stretched around 36 miles, more … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview about Eco Park

Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment John Furey was interviewed by BBC Surrey’s Nick Wallis about Surrey County Council’s plans to create an Eco Park. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Gold for Godstone Village School

An Olympics inspired compost bin has won Godstone Village School the top prize in a painting competition. As part of Surrey County Council’s home composting campaign, the events team held composting days at several primary and junior schools in Surrey. Each school was given three compost bins and a set of painting materials to give … Continue reading

Waste watchers challenge

Surrey County Council is challenging families to see how much they could reduce their household food waste by in five days. The challenge is part of the Love Food Surrey campaign and aims to highlight and tackle the enormous amount of food being wasted by residents in Surrey. John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member … Continue reading

Commonwealth champion joins Love Food campaign

Former GB Athlete and TV Gladiator, Kate Staples, has created a new recipe using leftovers for the Love Food Surrey campaign which aims to encourage residents to reduce the amount of food they throw away. The new and healthy recipe, Gold Medal Salad, is perfect for boosting the performances of aspiring athletes. Mum of three, … Continue reading

BBC Gardeners’ Magazine backs Surrey’s home composting campaign

Adam Pasco, editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and regular radio broadcaster, is urging Surrey residents to get composting this summer. Mr Pasco, who used to work in a commercial nursery in Surrey, said: “I’ve made home composting part of my daily routine. It’s quick and easy and produces great compost to use on my … Continue reading

Skip operator prosecuted for dumping waste

On Monday 11 June 2012, waste operator Thomas Murrell was given a three month suspended prison sentence for contempt of court. Surrey County Council successfully brought the case against Mr Murrell after he ignored an earlier court order preventing him from bringing and storing skips loaded with rubbish on land in War Coppice Road in … Continue reading

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