How to help your bin crews

Published Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Our bin crews have been doing a fantastic job keeping the waste services running but if you want to help them provide the best service they can, either during or after lock down finishes, take a look at some handy hints and tips below.

  • Reduce and reuse where possible – reuse an item if you can instead of throwing it away. There’s lots of handy tips on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.
  • Don’t let food go to waste - Only buy food you need and freeze food where you can, if you can’t eat it before the use by date or why not cook or freeze leftovers.
  • Recycle - Check our recycling tool to find out what goes where. Also, make more room in your recycling bin by flattening and folding cardboard. 
  • Compost - Make your own free fertiliser by composting at home. You can buy a compost bin at a reduced rate here or have you thought about a food waste digester
  • Care - Please put your bins out early and leave until they’ve been emptied – sometimes the usual collection time will change. Also be considerate when parking your car on a collection day, this will help collection vehicles to access your road more easily. During Coronavirus, it’s even more important to make sure bin lids are firmly closed and please wash your hands before putting bins out as well as after.
  • Store excess waste – Although Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres (tips) are going to see a phased reopening from 11 May (see Surrey CC for further information before you go to a tip), please keep extra waste for when services return to normal.  Please don’t take to charity shops or leave next to recycling banks, this is fly tipping which is illegal and you could be fined or prosecuted. Please don’t burn waste either, especially now when it could impact people’s health further. See bonfire advice.

To keep up-to-date with any changes to our bin services during Coronavirus you can visit  our Coronavirus advice page

Last but not least, please continue to post those great pictures and notes to our bin crews who have been very grateful for the support they have received  from residents during these difficult times. 

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