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 2019/20

55.9% of household waste in Surrey was recycled, reused or composted in 2019/20

Household waste collected and recycled at our community recycling centres in 2019/20

FacilityTotal tonnageRecycled tonnageRecycling rate (%)
Bond Road Warlingham 501 406 80.9%
Bourne Mill Farnham 3,014 1,893 62.8%
Chaldon Road Caterham 3,532 1,751 49.6%
Charlton Lane Shepperton 11,674 6,763 57.9%
Earlswood Redhill 8,811 5,082 57.7%
Blenheim Road Epsom 7,913 3,977 50.3%
Randalls Road Leatherhead 8,217 4,681 57.0%
Lyne Lane Chertsey 5,425 2,970 54.8%
Martyrs Lane Woking 10,887 6,132 56.3%
Nanhurst Cranleigh 1,068 903 84.6%
Ranmore Road Dorking 937 773 82.5%
Slyfield Guildford 5,714 3,155 55.2%
Swift Lane Bagshot 1,125 905 80.5%
Wilton Road Camberley 7,835 4,476 57.1%
Petworth Road Witley 6,866 4,118 60.0%
Total 83,520 47,98557.5% (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 2019/20

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 53,366 28,050 52.6%
Epsom & Ewell 29,884 15,978 53.5%
Guildford 50,592 29,731 58.8%
Mole Valley 34,601 18,957 54.8%
Reigate & Banstead 52,766 28,629 54.3%
Runnymede 27,332 11,960 43.8%
Spelthorne 34,558 16,066 46.5%
Surrey Heath 32,10920,211 62.9%
Tandridge 32,781 19,381 59.1%
Waverley 44,729 24,349 54.4%
Woking 37,270 20,640 55.4%
Total 429,989228,38854.2% (county average)

Waste collected per person in Surrey during 2019/20

Waste Collection AuthorityPopulation Total household waste collected per person (Kgs)
Elmbridge 136,795 390.0
Epsom & Ewell 80,627 370.4
Guildford 148,998 338.2
Mole Valley 87,245 396.5
Reigate & Banstead 148,748 353.3
Runnymede 89,424 305.0
Spelthorne 99,844 344.8
Surrey Heath 89,305 358.2
Tandridge 88,129 371.0
Waverley 126,328 353.1
Woking 100,793 358.5
Total 1,196,236358.5 (county average)