Recycling sites

As you are now able to recycle textiles and small electricals directly through our weekly collection service, car park recycling sites in the Borough were removed on Monday 4 February 2019.

Recycling sites in car parks often attracts both fly-tipping and unauthorised use, which can  result in the wrong items being put in the recycling banks. This is both costly and cancels out the efforts of those who carefully separate their recycling.

The following sites closed on Monday 4 February 2019:

  • Cobham - Downside Bridge Road KT11 3DQ
  • Esher - Civic Centre KT10 9SD
  • Hersham - New Berry Lane KT12 4HQ
  • Molesey - Walton Road KT8 0ST
  • Walton-on-Thames - Halfway Car Park KT12 1RR
  • Weybridge - Churchfield Road KT13 8DB  

If you have too much recycling to fit in your blue-lidded recycling bin, you can also put it in clear bags and leave it out for collection or take it to your nearest community recycling centre.

Q&As

Q. Why has Elmbridge Borough Council made the decision to close the car park recycling sites?

A. Most Elmbridge residents now benefit from a weekly collection of textiles and small electricals as well as their usual recycling collection. Unfortunately the recycling sites in car parks attract fly-tipping, which is costly to remove, and unauthorised use from businesses which often results in the wrong things being put in the recycling banks. This means the contents are rejected at the recycling plant and then sent to an incinerator or landfill for disposal.  This not only incurs extra charges but also means that the efforts of those residents who have carefully separated their recycling are wasted.

Q. What can be recycled from home?

A. From home you can recycle:

  • mixed paper and card

  • food tins and drink cans

  • plastic bottles

  • plastic pots, tubs and trays

  • mixed glass bottles and jars

  • clothes and home textiles including paired shoes and accessories like bags and belts – only one carrier bag per household per week

  • small electrical items and household batteries – only one carrier bag per household per week

You can find out more information on what can and can’t be recycled or download the Recycle for Surrey app.

Q. What do I do if I live in a flat?

A. If you live in a flat, we currently do not offer a collection of textiles and small electricals with your normal collection. If you wish to recycle these items, you can take them to your nearest community recycling centre, or if they are in a good/working order they can be taken to your local charity shop.

Q. What do I do with excess recycling?

A. If you have too much recycling to fit in your blue-lidded recycling bin you can put it in clear bags and leave it out for collection or take it to your nearest community recycling centre. If you are having continuous problems with excess recycling, please contact us as you may be eligible for an additional or larger bin.

Q. Where can I recycle food and beverage cartons?

A. Food and beverage cartons can be recycled at your local community recycling centre.

Date published: 4 February 2019

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