The Haslemere dustcart service for general waste at Wey Hill car park ended last month.
SCC is mandated to reduce spending across the board due to central government funding cuts. Currently the waste management team is facing £1.8 million cuts.
Ending the Haslemere service will save Surrey taxpayers up to £60,000 a year, money that can be used to support essential services like schools, social care and roads. It will also boost recycling as 78 per cent of waste taken to the dustcart could be recycled through existing services but instead it was ending up in landfill.
Since the dustcart was introduced, there have been improvements to household recycling collections, bring banks and local recycling centres. This has meant use of the dustcart has dropped by 42 per cent in the last four years.
Due to the improvements, 45 per cent of waste collected from Waverley homes is now recycled, as well as 65 per cent of waste taken to Surrey’s recycling centres.
Recycling Services continuing at Wey Hill car park
- The garden waste cart run by Waverley Borough Council (WBC) will still be available on Saturdays from 8am.
- The recycling banks take cans, aerosols, cardboard, cartons, small electrical items, foil, paper, plastic bottles, shoes and textiles.
Alternative ways to recycle and dispose of waste
- Blue Bin Roadside Collection. Your blue bin is key to help reducing landfill and creating a more sustainable Waverley. Cardboard, paper (white & coloured), shredded paper (inside a box or envelope), glass bottles/jars, tins, cans, aerosols, Tetrapaks, foil, food waste and plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays and bottle tops are all collected from your home by WBC. Waverley Borough Council collects mixed recyclable items from your blue recycling bin every two weeks. WBC will provide an additional roadside blue bin free of charge. Telephone: 01483 523524 Visit: http://www.waverley.gov.uk/envenquiryform
- The nearest Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) to Haslemere are in Witley, Farnham and Cranleigh.
- Garden Waste can also be taken to CRCs or you can sign up to WBC’s collection. You can also buy a discounted compost bin.
- Green Food Waste Caddy. For more information please see Waverley Borough Council’s food waste collections page. WBC collects food waste from the green caddy once a week. Check your bin collection day online.
This Dust Cart Recycle Alternatives Summary offers a guide where Haslemere residents can recycle.
Other Recycling Initiatives in Haslemere
Please remember that the junk shop (formerly Basix) on Wey Hill will take in many household goods. Also, Cooper Brothers of Hindhead will accept single items cleared to complete house clearance. http://www.cooperbrothershindhead.co.uk/
Freecycle Haslemere has a page http://www.freelywheely.com/haslemere/freecycle
Charity Shops: Haslemere has a range of charity shops that will take in good quality items for sale.
Transition Haslemere will re-sell second hand books. Also, as part of Surrey County Council’s waste reduction programme, they collect unwanted textiles for recycling at their stall in the Farmers Market in Haslemere (first Sunday of the month). Unlike most other textile recyling collections they will even take items that are ‘worn or torn’, so they don’t have to be of wearable quality. Just bring your unwanted textile items along to their stall on the day and we’ll make sure they are put to good use.
The Midhurst Community Website offers Haslemere residents a free listing to sell unwanted items. See here.
The Surrey Reuse Network (SRN)
Please also consider the Surrey Re-Use Network (SRN) http://www.surreyreusenetwork.org.uk/donate
SRN is a charity and social enterprise that represents and supports community based furniture and appliance reuse & recycling organisations in Surrey. It works to encourage collaborative working between SRN members, other charities, social enterprises, local authorities and commercial businesses.
The main aim being to develop and deliver co-ordinated, efficient, high quality and financially sustainable reuse, recycling, repair, employment, volunteering and training services; that have a positive impact on local communities and the environment.