Waste and consumer habits

Surrey has made great leaps in improving its disposal of waste, with one of the highest rates of recycling in the country, but we have stalled. We currently recycle 55% of our waste, still looking to achieve our county-wide target of 70%.

We need to push beyond this traditional approach to waste, thinking about circular economy principles – reducing the creation of waste in the first place through better design, reuse of materials and ending single-use.

What are you doing to reduce the waste you create and how can Surrey’s authorities and businesses support you in this endeavour?

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Jodie
5 January 2021 12:57 pm

Clear understanding of what is recyclable is needed – short videos that are easy to find and that people are told about.
Also confirmation that people are making a difference and their recycling is being recycled, not just shipped abroad.
Clear recycling bins in town centers and local parks etc.
Finally subsidies for / investment in local “plastic free” shops or organisations that are net zero or eco conscious, this will encourage the public to be more aware of the options, also there is now a lot of space on the high street for these stores …

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Just clarity on what can be recycled
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I try not to by single use plastic, swapped to solid shampoo, I buy plastic free veg, don't use cling film and reuse what I can.
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Guildford
Lucy
28 October 2020 6:39 pm

Perhaps we should be encouraging community composts at local allotments as well to reduce our need to purchase pre-grown compost. It’s great that food waste goes to produce energy but perhaps having a portion that goes to unifying communities and having local level sustainability would also be another good section to the system.

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Individual recycling bins should have clear labels distinguishing what types of material should go into them i.e. the plastic graded numbers on recyclable or non-recyclable
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I buy items with minimal packaging and i have a draw in the fridge for food that's about to go off so i remember to use it
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Reigate and Banstead
Jennifer S
2 September 2020 8:38 pm

Is it true that Surrey does not currently recycle non-clear plastic

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More information about what is and isn't recycled
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Reducing plastic use
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Mole Valley
Penguino
26 July 2020 5:48 am

Switzerland has great community recycling bins that are sunk into the ground, so they don’t clutter the street. Could these encourage recycling in public areas as well as the home?

https://www.newlyswissed.com/a-primer-on-recycling-in-switzerland-2/amp

How do we know our recycled waste is genuinely recycled, rather than just shipped abroad to make waste mountains there.

Can you encourage people to use recyclable materials, including plastics, that are easy to recycle rather than composites like plastic lined cardboard (which seem to be so popular post Blue Planet) and tetrapaks which are far less recyclable than glass or single type plastic.

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