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
Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs) are currently closed until further notice due to the Government’s decision to restrict all non-essential movement. Please do not put waste you may have taken to a CRC in your household bins as it may overwhelm collection services. Similarly, if you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, please don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.
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 temporary closure of all Surrey’s community recycling centres until further notice.
- 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
Please do not put waste you may have taken to a CRC in your household bins as it may overwhelm collection services. Similarly, if you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, please don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.
If you’re not sure of what to do with a specific item use the recycling search tool to find out.