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Sustainability projects at Community Recycling Centres

When we think about Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), 'the tip' and 'the dump' probably spring to mind, but our CRCs offer so much more than just a place to take unwanted items.

We've been working with our waste contractor Suez on various projects to increase recycling and re-use in Surrey.

Walking aid reuse scheme

All 15 CRCs in Surrey are now official collection points for walking aids like crutches and walking frames. All equipment will be put back into use in the South West London Elective Orthopedic Centre (SWLEOC) at Epsom and St Hellier Hospital which has been having disruptions to their supplies.

Bike Project

Earlswood Revive Shop has donated almost 20 bikes to The Bike Project, a charity which takes in second hand bikes, refurbishes them and matches them with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. One new owner is a 20 year old Nigerian refugee who has been waiting for a bike for nine months. The bike will help them access food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education and employment.

Employment for prison leavers and reducing waste

SUEZ and HMP Ford have been working together to provide employment for prison leavers and reduce waste by refurbishing bikes. SUEZ sponsored the on-site bicycle repair workshop at HMP Ford, doubling the number of workbenches available and allowing more prisoners to learn valuable mechanical skills. Discarded bicycles collected at our Community Recycling Centres (CRC) in the county are sent to be refurbished in the workshop before they are returned and sold back into use through the five Revive reuse shops.

Increasing biodiversity behind the Witley site

Unused land behind the Witley CRC is being transformed into a thriving habitat for wildlife. Staff across Surrey's CRCs have been busy working together to build a wetland habitat, bug hotels, reptile hibernaculas, bee hives and other features designed to attract local animal life. Earlier in the year bird boxes were also installed to encourage birds to nest during spring.

Find out what you can take to your nearest CRC.

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