Recycling

Recycling in and around Effingham and Bookham

Compiled by Diane Poole, Plastic Free Bookham

It’s not all about the green bin. Many items that can’t go in your green bin can be recycled or reused somewhere else. This information covers both Guildford Borough but also the Mole Valley district.

We are all really eager to recycle as much as we can

Whether it be to recycle what we’ve used, or to reduce usage of the materials that are damaging our planet, below we’ve addressed some of the key questions that are often raised, to help you do more to help the planet.

  • What can go in your Green council recycling bin?
    • Other items for recycling collected from your home by Guildford Borough Council (GBC) and Mole Valley District Council (MVDC)
  • What else can I recycle, and where can I recycle it?
    • Recycling of carrier bags and other flexible plastics at supermarkets
    • Charity shops and Revive shops
    • Recycle Now
    • Council community and ‘bring’ recycling sites
    • Bulky waste and furniture recycling and reuse
    • In Effingham
    • In Bookham
    • Within 10-15 minutes drive – Terracycle
  • Don’t throw away your water bottle – visit a REFILL station

What can go in your green recycling bins

What can and can’t go in our GBC green recycling bin is detailed below and is correct as of Nov. 2020. For those nearby in MVDC territory, the rules are similar, but not identical ★. Both should take any excess recycling in clear plastic bags/sacks if put out with the main green bin. For more information on what can go in your bins you can consult the GBC or MVDC websites.

Please ensure containers are rinsed and are dry before putting them in. Lids can be put back on bottles and jars but the lidding film from trays and pots must be put in the black bin. The bin men may reject your entire green bin if any of the contents are wet or dirty.

★ Please note that MVDC do not accept Aerosols and Food & Drink Cartons in their green bins – the cartons can go in the Food & Drink Carton bin at Lower Shott, Bookham – see below.

Suitable plastic containers may be labelled

With or without

Other items for recycling collected by Guildford Borough Council

What else can I recycle, and where can I recycle it?

Recycling of carrier bags and other flexible plastics at supermarkets

Carrier bag recycling at bigger supermarkets includes other flexible plastic packaging (made from LDPE, triangular code 4) such as – plastic bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, frozen food bags, dry cleaning bags/bags covering new clothing, magazine and newspaper wrappers, bags for fruit and vegetables, bubble wrap. Note: You can also use some of the above to line your food waste caddy

Charity shops and Revive shops

First of all, please consider if an item is suitable for ‘reuse’ at one of our local charity shops (when open) or the Revive shop at Leatherhead Community Recycling Centre in Randalls Road.

Recycle Now

Recycle Now allows you to

  • Find out what you can recycle at home and locally – by postcode
  • Not sure whether an item can be recycled? Find out what to do with …

You can also download the ‘Surrey Recycles’ app from your app store.
They also have a page where you can find all the recycling facilities in the locality including both council facilities and shops/ supermarkets.

Search Tools

Search tools providing advice on where to recycle specific items include those provided by Guildford Recycling Directory and Mole Valley What do I do with?

Council community and ‘bring’ recycling sites

Specific details for Effingham and Bookham are given below.
In Guildford the sites are listed here and include the Slyfield CRC in Guildford and ‘bring’ sites in Effingham and East Horsley.

For Mole Valley in general you can find out about these and what can be recycled there here. This includes links through to the Community Recycling Centres (CRC) in Dorking and Leatherhead and the ‘bring’ locations in the villages where there are assorted large recycling banks in car parks etc. These include Ashtead Peace Memorial, Bookham Lower Shott, Dorking Reigate Road (behind Dorking Halls/Sports Centre) and Leatherhead Randalls Road.

Note: Please check the websites before travelling to check opening times etc.

Bulky waste and furniture recycling and reuse

Both GBC and MVDC operate a collection service for a fee. In particular furniture and white goods may be collected for reuse by Furniture Helpline (GBC) or Furnistore (MVDC)

Charitable options include BHF, Furniture Link and QEF.

In Effingham

ItemOptionsComments
BatteriesCan also go with your small electricals recyclingTake to Parker & Son, The Laurels, 2 The Street, KT24 5LH
Household cardboard, metal packaging and plastic packagingSurplus to what goes in your recycling bin collectionTake to recycling banks at KGV Car Park, Browns Lane, KT24 5ND. They are to the left on entering behind the oak tree. If car park closed, park in Browns Lane.
Shoes (paired) and TextilesAt the same time as black/green bin collectionItems to be clean & dry and in a tied standard size carrier bag on top of the wheelie bin. No duvets or pillows.
Alternatively – items can be bagged up and taken to the bin alongside The Village Supermarket, The Street, KT24 5LH

In Bookham

For everyday products that are not able to go into the council green bin, several recycling locations are set-up around Bookham to make it much easier for you to recycle your used stuff and these are listed in the table below. Unfortunately some still has to go into landfill, but the good news is that this is increasingly becoming the minority of the things we get through every week:

ItemOptionsComments
Baby yoghurt & baby food pouchesTerraCycle EllaCycle scheme raising money for Polesden Lacey PlayschoolVia Facebook group – Ella’s Kitchen Recycle Leatherhead & Surrounding Areas or PM Eleanor Pragnell or email pfcbookham@gmail.com
Batteries (e.g. AA, AAA, C) and small electricalsAt the same time as black/green bin collectionBatteries and small electricals need to be in separate tied carrier bags on top of the wheelie bin.
Alternatively – small electricals (no batteries) can be bagged up and taken to the recycling bank at Grove Corner / Lower Shott car park, KT23 4LP.
Larger electricals and white goods can be taken to Leatherhead Community Recycling Centre
Biros and other writing instrumentsTerraCycle Writing Instruments scheme via Bookham Library, Townshott Close, KT23 4DQMay be put through letter box when closed. Email Emily via pfcbookham@gmail.com
Books, CDs and DVDsBin at Grove Corner / Lower Shott car park, Bookham KT23 4LPPlace in small carrier bag
Bread bags (only flexible), Crisp packets, Pringles tubes, TerraCycle schemes raising money for The Grange (crisps/ bread bags) and an Epsom mental health charity (Pringles).Bread bags
Crisp packets
Pringles
Via Facebook – PM Beth Townend or email pfcbookham@gmail.com
Coffee cups & food and drink cartonsBin at Grove Corner / Lower Shott car park, Bookham KT23 4LPe.g. juice cartons, soya milk cartons.
Some coffee shops will also take the cups back for recycling. Please note that so-called compostable/biodegradable cups are not accepted, nor may they break up in home compositing.
Shoes (paired) and TextilesAt the same time as black/green bin collectionItems to be clean & dry and in a tied standard sized carrier bag on top of the wheelie bin. No duvets or pillows.
Alternatively – items can be bagged up and taken to the recycling bank at Grove Corner / Lower Shott car park, KT23 4LP

Within 10-15 minutes drive – Terracycle

A company called Terracycle recycle the ‘non-recyclable’ (mainly plastics which don’t go in the green bin) by partnering with some of the producers of the packaging and allowing volunteer collectors to raise money for their favourite project or charity by sending them stuff to recycle. Schemes may be brand specific or open to all brands and cover the following types of products – typically they just recycle the packaging but in some categories, e.g. gloves, oral care, toys, writing instruments, it’s some of the products too!

Food

  • Baby food
  • Biscuit, cakes and crackers
  • Bread bags
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Confectionery and Chocolate
  • Crisps and savoury snacks
  • Pet Food

Non-Food

  • Contact lens and their blister packaging
  • Dishwasher, household cleaning, laundry
  • Gloves – disposable and durable
  • Oral care
  • Personal care and beauty
  • Ring carriers to hold drinks cans together
  • Toys
  • Writing instruments

Several Bookham collections are given in the ‘In Bookham’ table above and we’d love you to support these. However almost the full range of schemes are available locally with drop off locations in Ashtead, Cobham, Dorking, Fetcham and Leatherhead as detailed in All Terracycle Schemes with drop offs near Bookham – by Diane Poole, Plastic Free Bookham 11 December 2020 – just choose which is most convenient for you and takes the scheme(s) you want to contribute to. Just save items up till you have enough to make the journey worthwhile.

At the top of the document there are some general instructions in blue to make life easier for the volunteers who have to sort and pack them for sending to Terracycle. For each scheme, the document identifies what can and can’t be accepted, any specific preparation needed, a link to the TerraCycle website for that scheme and details of relevant drop off locations.

Please note:

  • Some items (crisps and some items in Dishwasher/Household Cleaning/Laundry, Oral Care, and Personal Care & Beauty) can go in more than one scheme
  • These locations are mainly private addresses so we are not publishing them directly, just pointing you where to find out about them.

REFILL stations

Refill is about ‘reuse’ and connects people to places they can eat, drink and shop without the pointless packaging – why not refill a container you already have? Anyone can download the free Refill app to tap into a network of places to reduce, reuse and refill.

Originally just about where to fill your reusable water bottle, it has now expanded to cover coffee cup refills, shops who will fill your own lunchbox and those where you can stock up with certain foods, home hygiene and personal care products. List will be updated with more options in due course.

  • Water – take your bottle along to Bookham shops
    • Claire’s Café – 8 Grove Corner, KT23 4LR
    • Del Fuoco – 17 Church Road, KT23 3PG
    • Wishing Well – 7 High Street, KT23 4AA
  • Refill your own containersfoods, home hygiene and personal care – take along a suitable empty container
  • Refill your own containershome hygiene – take along a suitable empty container
    • Parker & Son, The Laurels, 2 The Street, Effingham KT24 5LH
      • Ecover refills of laundry liquid, fabric softener, and washing up liquid