Ever wondered what you can and can't put in the recycle bin?

There is a very useful tool published by the Surrey Environment Partnership. Enter your post code and the App will let you know what can be put in your recycle bin and what must go in the black bin, or could go to Terracycle. For example, jam jar lids - recycle or bin? Plastic bottle tops - recycle or bin? Pringle crisp tubes, laundry/dishwasher pods plastic boxes  - not the black bin, you can Terracycle.

Go to https://www.surreyep.org.uk/what-to-do-with-an-item/

Civic Amenity Site (Waste & Recycling)

It seems we jump from summer to pre-Christmas overnight! Just as you start to take out the frost damaged summer bedding plants the garden centres are overflowing with Christmas decorations and Santa has more grottos than Simon Cowell has second homes! Then we hear from the Joint Waste Partnership with the Christmas and New Year revised collections. So as not to miss out on this Christmas spirit we publish here the revised dates. Keep a look out shortly for the Easter 2021 collection dates!!

Collection dates in the joint contract area will change over the Christmas period, as follows:

Usual collection day Revised collection day

Friday 25th December 2020
Monday 28th December
Tuesday 29th December
Wednesday 30th December
Thursday 31st December
Friday 1st January 2021
Monday 4th January
Tuesday 5th January
Wednesday 6th January
Thursday 7th January
Friday 8th January

Monday 28th December 2020

Tuesday 29th December

Wednesday 30th December

Thursday 31st December

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Monday 4th January

Tuesday 5th January

Wednesday 6th January

Thursday 7th January

Friday 8th January

Saturday 9th January


All other collection dates remain as scheduled.

Waste & Recycling - Epsom

The Epsom site has experienced long delays and traffic congestion. To combat this they will be introducing a pre-booking system. The intention is to introduce the pre-booking system as soon as practically possible. The exact date is expected to be within the next month. They need to ensure that the system is thoroughly tested and that residents have adequate notice of the changes. Council officers are commencing work on both readying the system and the publicity campaign.

The pre-booking system is in operation already in other counties and works well. It saves the frustration of massive queues and you know you will be able to drive in, drop off and exit all withing a short time frame.

Once more details are know details will be posted here.

Waste and Recycling - Leatherhead

As things change regularly at the moment, the best thing is to consult the SCC web site for Leatherhead Recycling Centre at Randalls Road. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/community-recycling-centres/leatherhead

So what is acceptable at chargeable Community Recycling Centres? Visit Community Recycling Centre (CRC) charging waste scheme for the full details.

What can go in the Recycle Bin and what can't

Follow this link for a very useful App.

How to recycle those "non-recyclable goods" (e.g. Pringle tubes, Tassimo pods etc)

Visit http://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/local-information/44-general-topics/482-recycling-items-not-for-the-green-bin

Recycle those items of furniture and kitchen white goods - don't just dump them


See the new furniture reuse network. The Surrey Reuse Network (SRN) is made up of a group of six charities across Surrey. It aims to find new homes for donated furniture and kitchen appliances, as well as offering training and employment opportunities and helping local families in need. Mole Valley Freecycle also helps to recycle unwanted items - details below.


Reduce unwanted 'junk' mail by registering with the Mail Preference Service.


Charity Collections

Many residents collect items on behalf of charities that they support. These items include

Silver Foil, Plastic Milk Bottle Tops, Used Postage Stamps and foreign notes and coin.

If any resident would like the above or other items collected delivered to him and is happy for his telephone contact details to be advertised here, please let the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know and it will be put on the site.

Old mobile phones may be donated to Charity Shops

Don't forget that the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park in Ashtead has recycling bins for the following items:-

Cardboard, Textiles and Shoes (in pairs please), Cartons

Computers and Old Hard Drives

Recent media coverage has shown that disposing of one's old PC can lead to personal information being recovered from the hard disk. Re-formatting or deleting files is not sufficient these days and there is software available to recover images from even re-formatted hard drives. According to the radio programme even hitting the drive with a hammer is not a 100% solution if the whole PC is being dumped.

The safer option is to "wipe" the hard drive using proprietary software. Some of this is free to download. The web site advised by the radio program is as follows:-



Recycle that furniture and those white goods - don't just dump them

You can recycle unwanted furniture and white goods via the British Heart Foundation and money raised from their resale will go towards that Charity's good work. Go to https://www.bhf.org.uk/shop/donating-goods/book-a-free-furniture-collection.

Mole Valley Freecycle

Don't forget you may be able to pass on your unwanted items by using Mole Valley Freecycle Service. Recently the group moved from Yahoo Groups to the trashnothing.com site. To continue using the group, please join the group at the link below (or download the trash nothing app):


Fly Tipping

If you see fly tipping - report it. If you can get the registration number of the offending vehicle, even better. To report fly tipped material visit http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=17455 and click the Fly Tipping link.

For information on kerbsidef waste collection and recycling contact the Council on 01306 885001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..