New recycling and refuse service moves a step closer

IMG_0717[1]The new easy way for Merstham residents to recycle more rubbish directly from their homes moved a step closer with the arrival of the first new refuse vehicles.

Around 80 per cent of the contents of a typical refuse bin can be recycled.

The new recycling and refuse service will help to save money and keep rubbish out of landfill.

The new service will allow local residents to recycle from home:

  • kitchen food waste every week
  • Mixed plastics (with the exception of food wrap)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Mixed cans
  • Tetra Paks Cartons
  • Foil
  • Paper and cardboard.

The new service will be launched this summer, residents will receive a letter telling them when their new service starts.

Collections will be spread over two weeks:

Week one: Food waste, paper/card and garden waste (for those who subscribe to the garden waste service).

Week two: Food waste, paper/card plus mixed recycling and non recyclables.

In addition to their existing containers, as part of the new service residents will receive new ones along with a guide of what can go in them. They will get:

• a small silver food caddy (for your Kitchen)

• a green lockable outdoor food container and

• a grey wheeled recycling bin for mixed recycling.

Merstham Councillor Mark Brunt:

The arrival of the new fleet of British built vehicles brings us closer to delivering on a promise I made to Merstham residents to collect more recycling from their homes. The new service will give local people the ability to conveniently recycle more materials from their own homes, including glass and plastics.

I’d encourage all residents to rethink their rubbish and recycle or re-use as much as they can. It will keep waste out of landfill and save money at the same time.


The new fleet of vehicles are manufactured by Dennis Eagle and NTM-GB and the Council’s own directly employed collections crews are beening fully trained to drive them.

Dennis Eagle’s vehicles are all British manufactured.

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  1. Ken Thorndale says:

    These stories always remind me of the time whilst sitting in a car park in Dorking watching a “recycling” lorry turn up and dutifully pick up firstly the clear glass bin and empty it into the back. Then it was the turn of all the brown glass to be emptied into exactly the same container. Brilliant!!
    Yes let’s spend time sorting out our rubbish so that someone else can sort it out all over again!

  2. Leslie Smith says:

    Good to see about the new recycling service, living in flats and having to carry recyclable refuse to remote bins has has not been ideal. Looking forward to it. Thanks.

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