Newly-published recycling figures show Surrey Heath has been ranked sixth in a list of English councils with the highest household waste recycling, compost and reuse rates in 2019/20.
The impressive result in Defra’s Local Authority league table reveals Surrey Heath’s recycling rate increased by 1% from last year, taking it to 62.9%.
In a very tight set of results, Surrey Heath’s rate was just 1.2% below the top performing English authority, Three Rivers District Council, and at a local level means Surrey Heath was the top recycling area in Surrey.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Environment and Health, Cllr David Mansfield said: “I would like to thank Surrey Heath residents for this tremendous achievement. We have been consistently high in the recycling league tables for several years, and it is hugely encouraging to see the direct result of dedicated recycling efforts and a collective awareness of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle waste wherever possible.
“When we are all facing the challenge of tackling Climate Change, recycling is one way we can all do our bit for the planet.
“I would like to encourage everyone to keep up the good work, and maybe we can manage an even better result next year.
“One way we can achieve this is to reduce contamination. Putting the right items in the right bin is vital, but also things like making sure items are put dry, clean and loose in your recycling bin, not in bags.
“When contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to an energy from waste plant, which is much more costly than recycling.”
Waste and recycling services in Surrey Heath are managed by Joint Waste Solutions, a partnership team that also manages services in Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Woking.
A wide range of recycling services are offered kerbside in Surrey Heath, including paper and cardboard, metal, glass, plastic, food waste, textiles, small electricals and batteries. A subscription fortnightly Garden waste service is also available.