RECYCLING – Mole Valley have recently started collecting a lot more in the kerb side collections including small electrical items, and they increased the type of containers that can be recycled. click here for what you can put in the recycle bin (see list below)
REPORT – Visit to Grundons MRF (Materials Recovery Facility)
On 21st February 2014, a group of 9 visitors from Transition Ashtead were introduced to and shown around the waste recycling centre at Leatherhead by Paul Faulkner of Grundon Waste Management Ltd (the owner and operator of the plant). In the shift away from landfill to recycling and recovery, this Materials Recovery Facilities is a great local plus point. Originally supported and encouraged by Mole Valley, it now provides services to quite a few other local District Councils. It has a capacity of 80.000 tonnes per year and is currently operating at about 60% of that. It appears that there is quite a seasonal variation in our use of green bins.
We were shown how the plant mechanically separates glass and metals, and the process of sorting plastics and paper by a good size team of pickers (real people not robots). Surprisingly, about half the overall output of the plant, by weight, is still paper, which like the other output streams is put separately through a High Density Baler, making some interesting sized large bricks to load onto the trucks that take them away to the recycling manufacturers (unfortunately not all in this country). Any unseparated residues tend to be shipped off to Grundon’s energy-from-waste plant at Colnbrook. It is clear, the better we sort things into our green bins within the criteria suggested by MVDC, the more successful is the recovery process in the plant – we were told that they do not like wet cardboard or paper (it lowers the recovery rate, gums up the works and lowers the value of the product) and other current no-noes are things with significant food residues in them or that are made of different material laminated together like tetra- paks
Overall it makes economic sense to maximise the proportion of our waste stream that goes as green bin recoverable waste (within the framework of what the plant can handle) as it costs about 1/5th as much to put material through this plant as to send it to a landfill site (and as separate note, Surrey will soon run out of landfill space).
Later this year, we are planning to organise further visits to the plant so others can see these facilities which are well worth seeing. We will let people know when we have some dates for these.
WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?
When putting items into your recycling bin, please ensure they are clean and preferably dry. Items can either be placed in loose or bagged in a clear recycling sack.
Do place in your green bin
•Glass bottles and jars – Please remove the top from the bottles and jars and put the tops in your black refuse bin
•Paper and cardboard – All types of cereal boxes, clean dry cardboard, home shopping catalogues, junk mail (please remove all plastic wrapping), magazines, newspaper, shredded paper, telephone directories and yellow pages
•Plastics – Detergent bottles and cleaning product containers mixed bottles; fizzy drinks, water bottles etc; milk bottle; shampoo bottles, shower gel and bathroom products; tubs, pots and trays, any colour. Please ensure they are rinsed and dry
•Metals/foil – The green bin accepts all washed out steel and aluminium food and drinks cans, as well as all clean aluminium foil. Please remove the paper labels and put these in separately.
Do not place in your green bin
•Broken glass – Please safely wrap this in newspaper and place in your black refuse bin
•Food waste – Wrap food waste in a compostable bag or newspaper before placing in your food waste bin
•Fruit juice cartons (Tetrapak) – If possible, please take these to your nearest Community Recycling Centre
•Garden waste – Garden waste can be taken to your nearest Community Recycling Centre or you can subscribe to the ‘Garden Waste Collection Service’ (see related pages)
•Other plastic – Any plastics not included in the plastics list above
•Textiles and shoes – You can still recycle these at your kerbside. Place textiles in a separate shopping bag or clear bag next to your green bin on collection day
•Polystyrene – Unfortunately polystyrene is very low quality material which cannot be recycled