If you live in a house your rubbish bin is emptied on alternate weeks to your recycling bin and should be put out by 6.00am on your property boundary, on your collection day.
All rubbish must fit in your bin with the lid closed. Any extra rubbish won’t be collected. If your household recycles as much as possible but generates more rubbish than you can fit in one rubbish bin, you can request a temporary additional rubbish bin.
If you live in a flat your service may be different. More details can be found on our collections from flats page.
- Food pouches – such as pet and baby food pouches
- Plastic bags and film – such as cling film, bread bags and food wrapping
- Hard plastics – such as Tupperware, toys and flower pots
- Polystyrene – including polystyrene food trays
- Aerosols – alternatively you can take these to a community recycling centre
- Food and drinks cartons (Tetra Paks) – alternatively you can take these to a recycling centre or bank
Following the closure of Surrey’s community recycling centres due to the coronavirus pandemic, from Monday 1 June, residents will be able to take more types of waste.
Ten of Surrey’s CRCs were reopened on 11 May, but only for black bag waste and garden waste. From 1 June more materials, including wood, scrap metal, small electronics and white goods, will be accepted once again.
The full list of what can be taken will be available from 1 June at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling or by calling 03456 009 009. Unfortunately, the sites won’t be able to accept chargeable waste (soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres), as staff are unable to safely process payments, or textiles, as reprocessors are not currently able to take it.
There are separate collections for these items:
- Recycling – like paper, glass, tins, cans, and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays. These should be put in your recycling bin
- Food waste – this is collected separately for recycling
- Garden waste – this should be recycled separately
- Clothes and home textiles – these should be recycled separately
- Electricals and batteries – these should be recycled separately
- Needles, syringes and sharps – these are collected separately
- Hazardous clinical waste – this is collected separately
These items can’t be collected from your home but can normally be taken to a community recycling centre:
Please see above note about the reduced service at Surrey’s community recycling centres.
- Energy saving lightbulbs
- Gas canisters
- Bricks, rubble or soil – can be taken to some community recycling centres where it will be charged for
- Business waste – this can be taken to a waste transfer station where it will be charged for
If you’re not sure of what to do with a specific item use the recycling search tool to find out.