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Savings of almost £20 million identified in environment directorate

Detail: Savings of almost £20 million have been identified as part of a public value review into Surrey County Council’s environment and infrastructure directorate. The efficiencies will be made by 2017. They will include striking better deals with suppliers and working more closely with other councils and organisations, including through the SE7 collaboration of local … Continue reading

Eco Park receives planning permission

Plans to create an Eco Park to help treat Surrey’s waste and generate green electricity were given planning permission today.(MARCH 9) The development, at Charlton Lane in Shepperton, will help Surrey County Council towards achieving its aim of eliminating the use of landfill, which costs Surrey taxpayers £600,000 a month in taxes alone and damages … Continue reading

Help for hard-up mums skipping meals to feed kids

Cash-strapped mums who are skipping meals to feed their children have been urged to take on the Love Food Surrey challenge to save up to £50 on their monthly shop. Shocking research has revealed one in five mothers in austerity Britain are missing meals because money is tight*. Surrey County Council’s Love Food Surrey campaign … Continue reading

Hidden treasures to be found at Surrey’s furniture reuse showrooms

An Edwardian nursing chair, a Georgian great grandfather clock and an Art Deco bedroom suite are examples of great finds at Surrey’s furniture reuse showrooms. Donations of unwanted items such as these to the Surrey Reuse Network* helped around 2,225 households furnish their homes for less, between April to September last year, according to research … Continue reading

The 12 tweets of Christmas

The 12 tweets of Christmas are helping cooks save money and reduce food waste this festive season. Ditching the Brussels sprouts and choosing the perfect size turkey are just two of the hints and tips that professional Surrey chef Carmela Tomkins is offering on Twitter during the countdown to Christmas. She is tweeting every day … Continue reading

Eco Park to be built following Government decision

Plans to create an Eco Park to treat waste and generate green electricity were given the go-ahead by the Government today. Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, decided there was no need to further review the decision to grant planning permission for the development at Charlton Lane in Shepperton. The … Continue reading

Food waste reduced by 1.1 million tonnes – enough to fill Wembley Stadium

Following an announcement by waste reduction organisation WRAP that household food waste in the UK fell by 1.1 million tonnes over three years, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake said: “It’s encouraging to see people are throwing out less food which saves money and benefits the environment. However, there is … Continue reading

Families bin £50 worth of food each month – that’s one in five shopping bags

Hard-pressed families are wasting around £50 a month by throwing out food that can still be eaten – the equivalent of binning one in every five shopping bags. National figures show* people in the UK spend £12 billion a year throwing away perfectly good food and in Surrey alone it costs the county council £7.6 … Continue reading

Plans to recycle more building waste

Surrey County Council has asked for comments on plans to recycle more building waste in the county. Each year around 370,000 tonnes of construction and demolition aggregates, including concrete, bricks and masonry, are recycled in Surrey. The council’s aim is to increase this to 900,000 tonnes a year by 2026. By using more recycled materials … Continue reading

Nearly 24,000 people sign up to Surrey’s waste app

Nearly 24,000 people sign up to Surrey’s waste app Context: Nearly 24,000 people have signed up to a free smartphone scheme that helps to prevent Surrey residents forking out £1 million a year to dispose of trade waste. Surrey County Council developed its own BlackBerry application for a van and trailer permit scheme that aims … Continue reading

Weird and wonderful items thrown out

A sailing boat, an 8ft polystyrene snowman and a coffin are just some of the weird and wonderful items people have taken to Surrey County Council community recycling centres. A tortoise had a lucky escape when it was accidentally tipped into a green waste bin before being spotted and an absent minded husband may have … Continue reading

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