What do we do with your waste and how much do we recycle?

What do we do with your waste and recycling?

As a member of the Surrey Environment Partnership, we have signed the End Destinations of Recycling Charter and each year we publish a register showing where recyclable materials are taken to.

The information provided aims to give you an idea of what happens to your waste and recycling. However, the destination of recycled materials can vary due to changing contracts and markets for materials.

How much waste do we recycle?

Recycling in Surrey 2020/21

55.1% of household waste in Surrey was recycled, reused or composted in 2020/21

Household waste collected and recycled at our community recycling centres in 2020/21

FacilityTotal tonnageRecycled tonnageRecycling rate (%)
Bond Road Warlingham 206 161 78.4%
Bourne Mill Farnham 3,634 2,083 57.3%
Chaldon Road Caterham 1,682 716 42.6%
Charlton Lane Shepperton 10,148 4,578 45.1%
Earlswood Redhill 9,117 4,329 47.5%
Blenheim Road Epsom 5,555 2,556 46.0%
Randalls Road Leatherhead 7,972 3,812 47.8%
Lyne Lane Chertsey 4,752 2,349 49.4%
Martyrs Lane Woking 8,202 3,968 48.4%
Nanhurst Cranleigh 605 484 79.9%
Ranmore Road Dorking 401 317 78.9%
Slyfield Guildford 5,094 2,519 49.5%
Swift Lane Bagshot 569 452 79.3%
Wilton Road Camberley 6,117 3,124 51.1%
Petworth Road Witley 6,613 3,565 53.9%
Total 70,667 35,01149.5% (site average)

*The above figures exclude inert construction material (as not considered household waste), and is therefore exempt from national indicators.

Waste collected by Surrey district councils (kerbside and bring banks) and recycled during 2020/21

Waste Collection Authority Total household waste collected including reuse (tonnes) Household waste sent for recycling, reuse or composting (tonnes) Reuse, recycling and composting rate (%)
Elmbridge 60,447 32,936 54.5%
Epsom & Ewell 31,482 16,918 53.7%
Guildford 56,349 33,206 58.9%
Mole Valley 38,261 21,660 56.6%
Reigate & Banstead 55,251 29,417 53.2%
Runnymede 30,312 14,861 49.0%
Spelthorne 37,063 17,212 46.4%
Surrey Heath 35,42021,706 61.3%
Tandridge 35,316 21,142 59.9%
Waverley 49,666 28,329 57.0%
Woking 40,900 22,201 54.3%
Total 470,467259,58955.2% (county average)

Waste collected per person in Surrey during 2020/21

Waste Collection AuthorityPopulation
(based on 2019/20 stats
as data not yet updated)
Total household waste collected per person (Kgs)
Elmbridge 136,795 441.8
Epsom & Ewell 80,627 390.1
Guildford 148,998 377.1
Mole Valley 87,245 438.6
Reigate & Banstead 148,748 369.6
Runnymede 89,424 338.1
Spelthorne 99,844 369.9
Surrey Heath 89,305 396.6
Tandridge 88,129 399.7
Waverley 126,328 391.9
Woking 100,793 405.1
Total 1,196,236 (2019/20 data)392.5 (county average)