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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.  

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


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