New recycling service for Elmbridge

Clothes, home textiles and small electricals

Weekly collection starting 4 December 2017 

From 4 December 2017 you can recycle your small electrical items, batteries, clothes and home textiles every week; we will collect them on your normal collection day.

Please separate out the items and put into three different tied plastic bags (not black bin liners) next to your bin before 6.30am:

  • Small electrical items

  • Batteries - household and mobile phone ones only

  • Clothes and home textiles

What we can collect

Small electrical items

  • kettles, toasters, sandwich makers and irons

  • hairdryers and straighteners

  • radios

  • digibox/freeview box, video players and dvd players

  • clocks, alarms and watches

  • games consoles and laptops

Clothes and home textiles

  • clothes (must be clean and dry)

  • pairs of shoes and slippers

  • blankets and towels

  • curtains and bed sheets

  • accessories like belts and bags 

We cannot collect these items

Small electrical items

  • any electrical items larger than 35 x 40cm like televisions or white goods

  • car batteries

  • low energy light bulbs

Clothes and home textiles

  • single shoes

  • wellington boots

  • cushions, pillows or duvets

  • cuddly toys

  • rugs and carpets

  • bric-a-brac

Find out what can be recycled.

On the day of your collection

Place your bagged items on the edge of your property next to your bins. Make sure your bags are out by 6.30am.

You can report a missed collectiononline from 4 December 2017. 

Flats and communal properties

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this recycling service to flats and communal properties at present. 

What happens to my recycling?

Clothes and home textiles are either sorted to be worn and used again in the UK or abroad, or recycled into useful products like felt, insulation or stuffing.

The components from batteries and small electrical items are extracted and reused to make other items.  For example, zinc can be used in shipbuilding and to make lampposts or railings; gold from consoles for example can be re-used to make jewellery and musical instruments can even be made from the plastic.

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