News from our Independent Councillors (16th June 2018)
Mole Valley has joined with three other councils to form Joint Waste Solutions. The contractor will change from Biffa to Amey and the change-over will take place on 6th August. We are the last authority for the roll-out of the contract and it is hoped that most teething troubles will have been experienced and sorted out by the other councils by now. However, because there will be new crews, there are bound to be teething problems early in the changeover and, if there are any difficulties, residents should telephone immediately they are identified. We will provide the direct number as soon as it becomes available. The other way to complain is on-line. There are contingencies in place to deal with problems very promptly.
Bin Days - No Change
Bins - No Change
Collection Times will be earlier! From 6am onwards, so please put all your bins out the night before if you don't already.
Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Blenheim Road, Epsom & Dorking - Civic Amenity Centres
More New Rules and Charges are being introduced with effect from 4th December 2017 together with new opening times.
From 4th December there will be no free daily allowance of chargeable non-household waste such as rubble, soil, and plasterboard. In addition you may be asked to prove you live in Surrey before you are allowed into the facility.
From 8th January 2018 there will restrictions on which centres vans, trailers and pick-ups can be taken to. Plus and most importantly the opening hours of most sites will be reduced as follows:-
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Closed Tuesday and Wednesday (8am - 4pm weekdays; 9am to 4pm Weekends)
Open every day - except Friday. (8am - 4pm weekdays; 9am to 4pm Weekends0
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. (8am - 4pm weekdays; 9am to 4pm Weekends)
Chargeable items will now be as follows with no free allowance from 4th December 2017
a) £5 per tyre
b) £4 per bag or part bag of construction waster (bricks, blocks, rubble, soil, stones, ceramic fittings, paving slabs. concrete fence posts and tiles)
c) £4 per bag or part bag or £12 per sheet of plasterboard no bigger than 120cm x 240cm)
You can download the waste/recycling collection schedule for 2017 at www.molevalley.gov.uk/collectionday
The Residents' Association has expressed concern that these opening time cuts and new charges will simply result in increased fly-tipping, not only by rogue traders but also by ordinary residents who object to paying for a previously free service .
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.
Reduce unwanted 'junk' mail by registering with the Mail Preference Service.
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.
Old mobile phones may be recycled to the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity in Cleeve Road, Leatherhead.
Don't forget that the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park in Ashtead has recycling bins for the following items:-
Cardboard & Paper
Drinks cartons (Tetra Paks)
Shoes & Textiles
Shoe Box (in pairs in bags please)
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:-
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.
New Rules for the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment.
What do the WEEE Regulations mean for householders?
WEEE is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and includes items such as fridges, TVs and computers. It is one of the fastest growing waste streams; every year households in the UK throw away around 1 million tonnes of electrical goods.
New regulations about the way we manage WEEE came into force this year. The regulations apply to all companies who import, manufacture or re-brand electrical equipment in the UK. They also affect anyone who uses, sells, treats or disposes of WEEE.
The regulations aim to tackle the growing amount of WEEE that is disposed of by setting targets for recycling and making producers pay for treating and recycling end-of-life electrical. equipment.
What has changed at the Community Recycling Centres?
Next time you bring any electrical or electronic items to your Community Recycling Centre, please look out for the specially marked areas or containers for the different categories of waste.
The new legislation requires us to segregate this waste into five categories:-
Category A - Large domestic appliances such as electric cookers and washing machines
Category B - Fridges and freezers
Category C - Computer monitors and televisions
Category D - Fluorescent tubes
Category E - All other electrical and electronic waste.
The following types of household electrical and electronic equipment are covered by the WEEE regulations. They are products that need electricity for their main function. So for example, a gas cooker with a small electric clock would not be WEEE, because the main function (cooking) is not electrical.
- Large household appliances, e.g. washing machines, freezers
- Small household appliances, e.g. vacuum cleaners, sewing machines
- IT and telecommunications equipment, e.g. computers, keyboards and mobile phones.
- Consumer equipment, e.g. radios and TVs
- Lighting equipment, e.g. lamps (excluding filament light bulbs)
- Electrical and electronic tools, e.g. electric drills, electric saws
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment, e.g. electric train sets and video game consoles
If an item is in good working order please keep it complete, as it may be suitable for reuse or refurbishment. If in doubt please ask a member of staff.
Alternatively if the appliance is in good working order and just surplus to requirements (for example a relative has died) contact the British Heart Foundation on 0844 499 4182. They will arrange to collect the items and check them then sell them on to raise funds.
Surrey Waste Management and Surrey County Council are working together to deliver a sustainable integrated waste management solution for the people of Surrey.
Surrey Waste Management Ltd.
Vine Court, Chalkpit Lane, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1AJ
Tel: 01306 748 300
Mole Valley faces a real challenge in the years ahead as they seek to reduce the amount of rubbish that we produce.
Looking for quality and quantity?
Give your house an affordable makeover
When you’re buying new furniture and products for your home, have you ever thought about visiting a reuse organisation?
Buying reusable furniture and kitchen appliances is great value, good for the environment and you might just find a hidden treasure.
The Surrey Reuse Network offers a wide range of good quality items at affordable prices. Made up of a group of six charities, the network 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.
Why not buy from a local reuse showroom?
You’ll find everything you need to make a house a home:
· Fantastic savings – whether you buy a modern piece of flat pack furniture or a 100-year-old solid wood piece, you’ll be getting a bargain.
· Excellent choice – new items come into the showrooms all the time so there is always a wide range to choose from.
· Great quality – whether modern or old the items for sale are checked for quality and safety.
· Hidden treasures - one off pieces regularly feature and can add a unique sense of style to your home.
· Good cause – buying from the network enables the community support it provides, helping families in need and enabling people to get back into work.
Did you know there’s an estimated 3,000 tonnes of reusable furniture and white goods that end up in Surrey landfill?
Why donate my unwanted furniture?
Find a new home for those items you no longer want or need:
· It’s easy – a simple phone call is all it takes to donate. A member of our friendly team will arrange for collection or you can drop it off if easier
· Convenient – you will be given a 2 hour collection slot to fit in with when you’ll be at home.
· Help on hand – staff from the reuse charities will help take the items out of your home, particularly helpful if you’re elderly or disabled.
· Low cost – it will almost always be cheaper to have the items collected and taken away by a reuse charity than any other alternative.
· Community benefit – your donation will help raise funds for the community work the charities carry out, helping families in need and enabling people to get back into work.
· Green savings – buying reusable items saves them from going to landfill, which is both financially and environmentally costly.
Did you know?
You could pick up antique style armchairs for £60, a 4-piece table and chairs for £70, a sideboard for £30 and a tall lamp for just £5.
To find your nearest reuse showroom call 0800 082 0180 or visit www.surreyreusenetwork.org.uk
Don't forget you may be able to pass on your unwanted items by using Mole Valley Freecycle Service.Follow this link to learn more.