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Surrey sets out plans for the environment

Welcoming the Government’s announcement that it’s setting a legal target for the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “We have been lobbying the Government to make a clear commitment to reach zero carbon emissions, so are delighted that this is becoming a priority. … Continue reading

Reality TV businessman guilty of allowing huge illegal rubbish tip to build up in Surrey countryside

A reality TV businessman has been found guilty of allowing thousands of tonnes of rubbish to be dumped illegally on green belt Surrey land he manages. In a case brought by Surrey County Council, Daniel Hill, 36, was convicted by a jury after piles of waste were repeatedly tipped at a site in Pirbright next … Continue reading

Surrey Waste Partnership win award for innovative recycling project

The Surrey Waste Partnership (SWP) has been recognised by a leading industry body for work that is helping Surrey residents who live in blocks of flats to recycle more. The partnership’s flats team won the Team of the Year prize awarded by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) at its 2018 celebration awards. Working … Continue reading

VIDEO: Mike Goodman calls for residents to give their views on caring for Surrey’s countryside

County council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Mike Goodman is calling on residents to give their views on caring for Surrey’s countryside in a survey launched today.

Surrey charities set to benefit from new re-use shop funding scheme

Four Surrey-based charities are set to benefit from a windfall, thanks to Revive re-use shop customers, Surrey County Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. The Revive shop charity scheme sees a portion of money raised from the four shops across Surrey donated to local charities which were chosen by customers. The first four charities … Continue reading

VIDEO: Rise in food waste recycling saves £200,000 in a year

Surrey residents saved an extra £200,000 to help protect essential services last year just by putting more food waste in caddies. Food waste is more expensive to dispose of when it’s thrown in with the rubbish instead of being put in caddies for recycling. The Surrey Waste Partnership – made up of Surrey County Council … Continue reading

VIDEO: Re-use shops up and running at four Surrey recycling centres

Re-use shops which give a new lease of life to unwanted items dropped off at community recycling centres are up and running in Surrey. The Revive re-use shops are located at recycling centres in Leatherhead, Redhill, Witley and Woking. The shops are treasure troves of interesting items selling everything from furniture, TVs and crockery to bikes, … Continue reading

County council seeks to protect prized Surrey countryside while meeting waste plan duty

Surrey County Council is seeking to protect prized countryside while fulfilling its legal duty to identify possible land for waste facilities. Residents are being urged to have their say on a 15-year draft waste local plan which aims to ensure that facilities needed in future to deal with business, household and demolition waste are in the … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launches consultation on charging at rural car parks

  Cabinet Member for the Environment Mike Goodman said: “This consultation is a vital part of our plans to preserve and improve Surrey’s beautiful countryside for years to come. “We want to hear our residents’ views on what matters to them as we face the challenge of dealing with unprecedented budget pressures, particularly from rising … Continue reading

All Surrey community recycling centres to stay open under new proposal

Following the consultation on changes to Surrey’s community recycling centres, Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We’d like to thank residents for their feedback on our proposals – we’ve listened and as a result I’ll be recommending to the Cabinet that we keep all our community recycling centres open. … Continue reading

Recycling food waste will help save £3million-a-year

More than £3million-a-year could be saved if Surrey residents put all their food waste in their caddy rather than in their rubbish. It costs less than half to recycle food waste through anaerobic digestion compared to throwing it in with the rubbish which goes for expensive waste disposal. This means that recycling all food waste … Continue reading

Surrey announces plans to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres at a time of unprecedented financial pressure

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres while maintaining a high quality service at a time of unprecedented financial pressure. With the council having to save more than £100million this year alone, residents are being asked for their views on options for making … Continue reading

Council calls for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge residents to have say on Heathrow expansion plans

Surrey County Council is challenging the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion meetings in two boroughs which could be affected by aircraft noise from a proposed third runway. Public consultation events have been held in the Surrey boroughs of Runnymede and Spelthorne but no meetings are planned for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge even though the … Continue reading

Drop in fly-tipping saves Surrey taxpayers £125,000 in 10 months

A drop of 1,100 tonnes in fly-tipped waste over the past 10 months has saved Surrey taxpayers £125,000. Figures from Surrey County Council show that 2,749 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were picked up by district and borough councils between April last year and January – a fall of 30 per cent on the previous 10-month … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties; Have an appy Christmas

Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties Fire engines will be taking on a new look to highlight Surrey firefighters’ role to respond to certain medical emergencies. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s 30 fire engines will display artwork about the potentially lifesaving medical support and equipment crews can provide with nearly 440 firefighters now trained up for … Continue reading

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