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Recycling in Surrey 2022 - 2023

Surrey residents joint 2nd best in country for recycling

A new report has revealed that Surrey residents are the joint 2nd best recyclers in England. In 2022-23, 54.0% of the waste they threw away was turned into something new, whether it was clothing, energy, fertiliser or new packaging. This sees the county way above the England average of just 41.7%.

The report also shows Surrey is going in the right direction on the two other key measures used to assess performance on waste:

·         Surrey residents are throwing away less rubbish. On average, each household reduced their rubbish by 5.3%.

·         The proportion of waste that was sent to landfill dropped to 4.4%, a dramatic drop which means that 95.6% of Surrey’s waste was repurposed once collected. If it wasn’t recycled or landfilled, it was turned into energy (36.7% of waste).

Further good news comes as it’s revealed that 89% of Surrey’s waste was processed in the UK. 83% of recycling and 98% of rubbish stayed on our shores. The more that is kept in the UK the better, as fewer emissions are used in transporting materials across long distances.

However, there are some words of warning in the report. The county is seeing too much contamination, when too many items that can’t be recycled are found in recycling trucks causing the whole truckload, including legitimately recyclable material, to be rejected for recycling. And while it’s good that Surrey residents are producing less waste, the county comes in 16th out of 29 similar waste disposal authorities in England so can improve.

To help Surrey climb the waste league tables we need to reduce what we throw away, recycle more of what we do and make sure that what goes into recycling bins can definitely be recycled.


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