Surrey Heath a top performer for recycling

Surrey Heath is once again one of the top performing boroughs in the country for recycling having achieved impressive recycling rates for 2014/15.

The borough was recently ranked 4th nationally by Defra for its recycling rate of 63.3%. This is the percentage of household waste sent for recycling, composting and reuse.

The statistics are based on data submitted by all local authorities in England in 2014/15.

Surrey Heath’s dry recycling collections cater for a broad range of materials, including: paper, cartons, bottles, cans and aerosols, to name a few, which should all be placed in the green wheelie bin loose.

As well as these materials, the council's weekly food waste collection is a key element of the service. By collecting food waste separately around 3000 tonnes of food waste is recycled into electricity and compost each year. It’s important that residents separate food waste and place in the caddy provided.

Since 2012, the council has enhanced its recycling service to include separate collections of batteries, small electrical items, shoes and textiles.

Community portfolio holder Cllr Vivienne Chapman said: "We’re extremely pleased with these figures and I would like to thank residents for all their efforts in sorting materials for recycling. Being highlighted as one of the best borough's in the country for recycling is something we should all be very proud of.”

For more about the borough’s recycling collections visit

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