Posted by Kat Heath on 16 Jun 2020

According to statistics released by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, 100 Tonnes of your household recycling had to be destroyed last month.

100 tonnes of washed out yoghurt pots, drinks bottles and carefully folded up pieces of cardboard which were destined for another purpose had to be destroyed due to contamination.

This contamination is the result of some residents disposing of items such as soiled nappies and sanitary wear, paint containers or electrical goods within their recycling bins.

All it takes is one of these items to be in the wrong bin and it will contaminate a whole neighbourhoods recycling.

It is vital that we all make a conscious effort to educate ourselves on what can be recycled and what can’t be.

Below is a rough checklist of items that can be recycled in accordance to the Borough’s guidelines.(Epsom & Ewell only)

MIXED RECYCLING: Green Bin (Weekly)

Paper: Including magazines and envelopes.

Cardboard: All cardboard apart from Greasy Pizza boxes and Coffee Cups.

Plastic: Most plastics including Yogurt pots, trays and bottles with lids ON.
NO plastic bags or sacks NO cartons.
Cans: Steel, aluminium cans, lids, fully extended aerosols and jar lids.
NO foil.

If you have textiles make sure they are clean and place in a clearly labelled bag next to your recycling.

Large recycling such as TV boxes fold up flat and place next to your recycling bin.

If your bin is full additional recycling can be placed in a clear labelled bin bag next to your recycling bin.

What happens to our recycling?

Food waste: Filtered and converted into compost. The methane gas is harnessed to generate energy.

Paper: Recycled to create newspapers. It takes 6 days from kerbside to newsstand.

Cardboard: Becomes new cardboard.

Plastics: Becomes new packaging

Clothes: Become new items of clothing or resold.

For more information on Epsom & Ewell Recycling services and guidelines visit:

For information on London Borough of Sutton Recycling services and guidelines visit

For information on Reigate & Banstead Recycling services and guidelines visit:

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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