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Recycle plastic bottles to save taxpayers £200,000-a-year

More than £200,000-a-year would be saved for frontline services if every Surrey resident recycled one extra plastic bottle per week instead of throwing it in the bin. As Recycle Week gets underway, Surrey County Council has revealed that 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste are thrown away each year instead of being recycled – a recycling … Continue reading

Recycling old clothes could save taxpayers £4million-a-year

Recycling old clothes and sheets instead of throwing them in the bin would save Surrey taxpayers more than £4million-a-year. An analysis of rubbish thrown away in Surrey has found that 10,500 tonnes of unwanted clothes and home textiles were discarded last year even though they could have been used again or recycled into useful products. … Continue reading

Social networking pioneer to speak at rural conference

Social networking pioneer Penny Power OBE is among the speakers lined up for Surrey’s Countryside and Rural Enterprise Conference next week looking at how working better together and innovation can enhance the county’s rural areas. The entrepreneur and author, who founded the UK’s first social network for business in 1998, will be speaking about digital … Continue reading

Grant extension for flood-hit Surrey householders

Surrey residents and businesses affected by last winter’s floods now have more time to apply for a Government grant of up to £5,000 to protect their properties against future damage. The deadline for applying for the Repair and Renew Grant has been extended until March 20 2015. Successful applicants then have until the end of … Continue reading

New plans for Surrey’s countryside promise better facilities and savings for taxpayers

Surrey County Council has moved into a new phase in its agreement with Surrey Wildlife Trust to improve visitor facilities throughout the county while also saving money for local residents. A Cabinet meeting at the county council yesterday gave the green light to plans which will see the two organisations explore commercial opportunities such as … Continue reading

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

School pupils sign up to libraries and green volunteers needed

Schools sign up students as Surrey library members Surrey County Council has launched a project to encourage schools to sign up their students as library members so they can access the wealth of online resources, including ebooks, and borrow library books too. St Andrew’s School pupil Lottie Buchanan won a competition to design the library … Continue reading

Surrey drivers buy most electric cars in South East

A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading

Get in gear with the Reigate Cycle Festival

This year’s Reigate Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday 20 July, encouraging more local people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes instead. The festival, from 10am-5pm in Priory Park, is a family-friendly event including stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance, exhibits from cycling groups and shops, a large variety … 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

Litter tip for Surrey picnickers

Picnic lovers are being urged to help keep Surrey beautiful as part of an anti-litter campaign. Earlier this year Surrey County Council teamed up with district and boroughs to target rubbish dropped around town centres, motorway junctions and train stations, and is now urging people to take their litter home or bin it to mark … Continue reading

New streetlights save enough energy to power Bagshot for year

New smart streetlights have already saved enough energy to power almost every home in Bagshot for a year. All 88,000 streetlights have now been replaced or upgraded by Surrey County Council as part of one of Britain’s biggest roll-outs of energy-efficient technology. The project, which has been completed a year ahead of schedule, has swapped … 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.  

Flood defences protecting thousands of homes to be finished

Temporary defences to protect waterworks serving thousands of homes on the county border with London from flooding are set to be finished this evening in a joint project between councils and the military. In response to record water levels caused by rainfall on the Caterham Bourne, a joint emergency project by Surrey, Tandridge and Croydon … Continue reading

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

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