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ROUND UP: Chairman meets Surrey’s new civic leaders; Outdoor fire safety; Plastic bags make food waste recycling easier and cheaper

Chairman meets Surrey’s new civic leaders

Photo can be downloaded here.

Not in photo: Richard Whittington, High Sheriff of Surrey, George Crawford, Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, David Powell, Mayor of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Sahran Abeysundara, Mayor of Haslemere Town Council, Mike George, Mayor of Horley Town Council

Surrey County Council chairman Sally Marks met with the county’s new civic leaders for the first time as they gathered at County Hall to discuss their civic and ceremonial roles in the communities they serve.

Those attending included the new Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Michael More-Molyneux and 11 chairmen and mayors from across the county along with their consorts.

Mrs Marks said: “I was delighted to be able to meet with Surrey’s new civic leaders at County Hall. They play an important and ceremonial role in our county, which is blessed with a rich history of civic service, and I look forward to working with them to jointly celebrate so much that is good in Surrey.


Outdoor Fire Safety

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to enjoy the outdoors safely this summer as part of a campaign warning residents to avoid starting fires in the countryside.

Each year the fire service deals with more than 450 wildfires, including the ones in Pirbright and Frensham in 2015 and this causes thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife to be destroyed – mostly due to carelessness.

Here are some tips on staying safe and protecting Surrey’s countryside:

16977369278_6333d59bd2_zWhether at home or out and about, residents and visitors are being asked to:
· Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly – never throw them out of a car window.
· Position barbecues or campfires in a suitable and safe area, free from overhanging tree branches and a safe distance away from buildings, sheds, fences, tents etc. and never leave them unattended.
· Use a match and firelighters to light barbeques and ensure they are fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents.
· Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby for emergencies.
· Never cook or smoke inside a tent.
· If you’re using gas cylinders for cooking or heating, make sure they are kept outside and away from children.
· Take all litter home to recycle as magnified sunrays from glass bottles and other items can start a fire.

For more information on outdoor fire safety, visit the government’s website.


Plastic bags make food waste recycling easier and cheaper

Surrey residents can now use plastic bags and liners in their food waste caddy, which makes recycling easier and cheaper than using compostable liners.

They can be used to discard all cooked and uncooked food waste including tea bags, egg shells, mouldy bread, vegetable peelings, meat bones and food that has passed its use by date.

For more information, visit the Recycle for Surrey website.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “If everyone in Surrey put all their food waste in their caddies, it would save more than £3 million in waste disposal costs – money we could spend on essential services like schools and road maintenance.”




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