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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

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

Fly-tipping in Surrey continues to drop

Fly-tipped rubbish dealt with in Surrey has dropped by more than half compared with a year ago, new figures from Surrey County Council have shown. Some 206 tonnes of fly-tipped waste were collected by district and borough councils in October compared with 469 in the same month last year  – a drop of 263 tonnes. … Continue reading

Fly-tipping drops despite introduction of waste charging

New figures from Surrey County Council reveal fly-tipping dealt with in September plummeted compared to the same month last year despite the introduction of charging for some construction waste. Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We always said we believed fears of a big increase in fly-tipping were misplaced … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interviews Mike Goodman about changes at recycling centres

Listen to Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, talk to BBC Surrey about changes at community recycling centres. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey continues to accept DIY waste while cutting costs for taxpayers

Surrey County Council will continue to accept basic DIY waste at recycling centres as it introduces a scheme that will cut costs for taxpayers. Many councils in the region are bringing in charges for construction waste such as rubble and cement but will not allow any free allowance, whereas Surrey will still let residents drop … Continue reading

MAP: Surrey councils join forces to launch fly-tipping crackdown

Surrey’s councils have launched a fly-tipping crackdown to protect the countryside and save hundreds of thousands of pounds in clean-up costs. The number of fly-tipping incidents has risen nationwide in the last few years with 6,851 reported in Surrey alone in 2014/15 – up from 6,760 the year before. Surrey County Council and Surrey’s 11 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Surrey seeks to maximise value from recycling centres without compromising service

Plans to achieve greater value for money for taxpayers from Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) without compromising the service they get have been signed off by Surrey County Council. Proposals include retaining all CRCs and only closing centres at their quietest times to fit in with demand. Planned new charges would only apply to residents dropping … Continue reading

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Work gets underway on Surrey’s Eco Park

Work has started on the construction of a new Eco Park to treat thousands of tonnes of waste from Surrey households and put it to good use. As the the first spade was driven into the ground at the site in Shepperton, Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, outlined the … 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

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.  

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