Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Around Bookham, Effingham and Horsley

We can make a significant environmental impact by reducing the amount we send to landfill and recycling.

If you do end up needing to recycle items, the search tool below will help you understand what the council collects and what can be recycled elsewhere such as via the many Terracycle schemes for other plastics etc. Note: Please only Terracycle items which CAN’T be recycled via council collections AND check whether specific brands or all brands accepted.

Just ‘Search for item to recycle’ by typing in the box on the right and the search tool will return all entries with that word or those words in. You can select the number of entries to show using the ‘drop down’ on the left.

How to prepare items for Terracycle drop off:

  • All bags/wrappers/pouches to be empty of contents and flattened, and preferably not folded
  • Outsides of all items to be clean and dry
  • Put them in a bag or a crate somewhere till you have enough to drop off.
  • Before dropping off you need to ensure items are sorted into separate schemes and contained in separate bags, old mailing wrappers or envelopes, reused if possible. These can then be put together in a carrier bag.
  • Further instructions for specific items are given in bold in the 2nd column
Type of Product What is accepted - click on the link icon for more details Click on the code or link for drop off details
Aerosols ##Not Accepted##: Aerosols Black wheelie bin
Air freshener products ##Not Accepted##: Air freshener fragrance candles & reeds, glass cartridges Black wheelie bin
Air freshener products ##Not Accepted##: Plug in air fresheners MVDC Small Electricals doorstep recycling
Air freshener products All brands: Air freshener fragrance twin pack plastic sleeves A, C, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Air freshener products All brands: Air freshener plastic containers and cartridge caps and plastic car air fresheners C, D, LT
Baby food and kids yoghurt All brands: Pouches and caps for baby food and kids yoghurt (not juice and jelly pouches) BE (A, D, DWA, F, LS, LWA)
Baby snacks Ella Ella only: Snack packets BE (A, D, DWA, F, LS, LWA)
Battery and electric toothbrushes ##Not Accepted##: Batteries and battery operated toothbrushes/ toothbrush handles MVDC Small Electricals doorstep recycling
Battery and electric toothbrushes All brands: Toothbrush heads and their covers D, LT
Battery and electric toothbrushes All brands: Toothbrush heads and their packaging C, D, LS
Body creams, ointments or moisturisers All brands: Flexible plastic tubes A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Bread All brands: '"stretchy" bread loaf bags with ties and paper labels removed BB (A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA)
Bread and bakery products ##Not Accepted##: 'Crinkly' bags, plastic bags from Bagels, Baguettes, Bread rolls, Brioches, Cakes, cake bars and slices, cookies, croissants, crumpets, doughnuts, fruit loaves, garlic bread, muffins, naan bread, pancakes, pastries, pitta bread, pretzels, scones, teacakes, waffles, wraps Black wheelie bin
Bread and bakery products Any 'stretchy' or plastic bags from Bagels, Baguettes, Bread rolls, Brioches, Cakes, cake bars and slices, cookies, croissants, crumpets, doughnuts, fruit loaves, garlic bread, muffins, naan bread, pancakes, pastries, pitta bread, pretzels, scones, teacakes, waffles, wraps Supermarket carrier bag recycling
Cake, crackers, non-savoury biscuits All brands - flexible plastic cake, cracker and non-savoury biscuit wrappers and baby snack packs D, LS
Cheese ##Not Accepted##:
Any other packaging such as • Wooden cheese boxes, • Cheese wax and wax paper, • Cheese slice dividers, • Squeezy cheese tubes,
Black wheelie bin
Cheese All brands: flexible plastic cheese pouches and packaging and sliced cheese protective plastic film. #Please wash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry. A, DWA, F, LWA
Cheese - Babybel
Babybel only: - wax, labels, metal clasps, and net bags, individual wrappers, mini rolls flexible packaging, sleeves and plastic trays A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Chocolate and sweets ##Not Accepted##: Chocolate assortment tins Green wheelie bin
Chocolate and sweets ##Not Accepted##: Hard plastic tubs Black wheelie bin
Chocolate and sweets ##Not Accepted##: QUALITY STREET® wrappers Home composting
Chocolate and sweets All brands: Chocolate and sweets plastic multipack outer packaging, Individual chocolate bar and block plastic wrappers, Plastic chocolate and sweets pouches and bags D, LT
Chocolate Ferrero
Ferrero Rocher and Ferrero Collection only - aluminium foil wrappings, gold plastic tray, transparent plastic box and outer plastic wrappers A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Chocolate Kinder
Kinder only: aluminium foil packaging, chocolate wrappers, flexible and rigid plastic packaging A, D, DWA, F, LS, LWA
Coffee capsules and pods Eco coffee capsules - All Lavazza Eco Caps compatible with Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machines and Nespresso® coffee machines (other than Vertuo) D, LT
Coffee capsules and pods Tassimo T-Disc 3 and L'OR coffee capsules LS
Coffee capsules and pods, bags, packaging general ##Not Accepted##: Non-Eco Lavazza capsules. Any other brands of coffee, coffee bags, pods or capsules and any packaging not mentioned above Black wheelie bin
Coffee Percol ##Not Accepted##: Percol coffee products packaging Check individual products on Percol website. Their bags of coffee are home compostable.
Coffee Tassimo, Kenco
Tassimo Flow wrap packaging ,Kenco Eco Refill packs and plastic coffee jar lids LS
Contact Lenses All brands: soft, disposable contact lenses, contact lens blister packs and foil DB, LB
Cosmetic face masks All brands: Flexible single use mask packaging and the blue film put on top of the tissue mask (not PPE masks) D, LT
Crisps All brands: Crisp packets - single and multipack (not tubes) D, LT
Crisps Pringles® tubes
Pringles® only - tubes, plastic lids and seals BB (D, LS)
Crisps, nuts (without fruit!), popcorn, pretzels All brands: Crisps (no tubes), nuts (without fruit!), popcorn, pretzels packets and multipacks D, LT
Deodorants All brands: Deodorants - plastic roll on only D, LT
Dishwasher products ##Not Accepted##: Rinse aid packaging Black wheelie bin
Dishwasher products All brands: Flexible dishwasher salt bags, Foil inside dishwasher protector A, C, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Dishwasher Tablets All brands: Flexible dishwasher tablets packaging C, D, LT
Dishwasher Tablets All brands:Flexible dishwasher tablets packaging and outer sleeves A, C, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Eye make up All brands: Eye shadow compacts, mascara tubes and wands - #please remove any residual contents A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Facial cleansing wipes All brands: Flexible wipe packaging for facial cleansing wipes (not baby or home cleaning wipes) A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Facial cleansing wipes All brands: Flexible wipe packaging for facial cleansing wipes (not baby or home cleaning wipes) D, LT
Floss container All brands: Dental floss containers (empty) D, LT
Floss container All brands: Dental floss containers (empty) and outer packaging C, D, LS
Flossing and interdental All brands: Flossing sticks, interdental brushes D, LT
Gloves - disposable All brands: domestic disposable gloves - made from polyethylene, latex, nitrile, vinyl A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Gloves - disposable and durable ##Not Accepted##: Gloves that have been in contact with harsh chemicals or unhygienic substances or used for business or professional purposes Black wheelie bin
Gloves - disposable and durable Marigold only - durable and disposable domestic gloves and their packaging D, LT
Hair colour kits All brands: Hair colourant kits (nozzles only, #rinsed out) D, LT
Hand wash Carex® only - hand wash refill pouches and caps (# squeeze out any remaining contents/air and replace cap) A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Hand wash Carex®, Imperial Leather® , Bayley’s of Bond Street® only - hand wash pumps (but not the bottles) A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Home cleaning ##Not Accepted##: Oven cleaner packaging, Soda crystals packaging, Toilet freshener packaging, Washing machine cleaner packaging Black wheelie bin
Home cleaning All brands: Flexible packaging for cleaning product refills (#where relevant, squeeze out any remaining contents/air and replace cap) and stain remover powder A, C, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Laundry products All brands: Flexible laundry washing capsules and pods packaging, Tinted fabric conditioner bottles and caps (not clear or white bottles and caps, which go in green wheelie) C, D, LT
Lip products All brands: Lip balm, lipsticks, lip glosses, lip & cheek highlighter and bronzer sticks # please remove any residual contents A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Oral Care - general ##Not Accepted##: Breath sprays, Dental floss (string), Denture product packaging, Toothache kits Black wheelie bin
Personal Care and Beauty products All brands: Flexible plastic tubes and pots D, LT
Pet Food All brands: Dry food flexible packaging, flexible packaging and pouches for 'treat' products, pet food pouches (#must be washed out and dried!) D, LS
Phone - Popsockets products and packaging A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Phone cases, accessories and packaging ##Not Accepted##: Non-plastic phone case (including biodegradable) or other brands of accessories and packaging Black wheelie bin
Phone cases, plastic All brands: no other materials or biodegradable plastics A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Ring Carriers used to hold drinks cans together All brands: flexible plastic ring carriers used to hold cans D, LT
Savoury snacks ##Not Accepted##: Dried fruit packets • Fruit and nut packets • Meat snacking packets • Nutrient powder and topper packets • Edible seeds packets • Other brands of crisp tube Black wheelie bin
Shampoo refill packs Aussie, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Pantene only - no other brands A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Toothbrushes - manual All brands: Plastic toothbrushes (not bamboo or wood) and outer packaging C, D, LS
Toothpaste ##Not Accepted##: Toothpaste pumps Black wheelie bin
Toothpaste All brands: Toothpaste tubes (#squeeze out any remaining contents) and caps, toothpaste cartons C, D, LS
Toys ##Not Accepted##: Baby and toddler furniture (e.g. playpens, car seats, high chairs, swings, bouncy seats, etc.), Toys and games from other brands, Toy vehicles (e.g bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, etc.) Try charity shops or Freebay/Freecycle first.
Toys ##Not Accepted##: Batteries, battery operated toys and games and electronic toys and games MVDC Small Electricals doorstep recycling
Toys Hasbro All Hasbro toys and games (except electronic toys and games). Includes Hasbro Gaming, NERF, Play-Doh, Littlest PetShop, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Mr Potato Head, Transformers, etc. BE, (D, LT)
Toys L.O.L. Surprise! L.O.L. Surprise!™ only - products, packaging, and accessories (not dolls) A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
L.O.L. Surprise!™ Dolls ##Not Accepted##: L.O.L. Surprise!™ dolls Try charity shops or Freebay / Freecycle first.
Trigger sprays and pump tops from personal care and beauty products All brands: no home cleaning, car or garden products. #Please rinse by pumping some water through and running under a tap. D, LT
Trigger sprays from car or garden products ##Not Accepted##: Trigger sprays from car or garden products Black wheelie bin
Trigger sprays from household products #Please rinse by pumping some water through and running under a tap. C, D, LT
Tumble drier sheets Lenor only - no packaging C, D, LT
Wipes Flash® only - hand and floor wipes, Powermop Absorbing Pads, Speedmop Wet Cloths (outer packaging goes in 'Home Care' scheme) D, LT
Wipes packaging All brands - Flexible wipe packaging (home cleaning wipes only) A, C, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA
Wipes packaging All brands (home cleaning wipes only) - Flexible wipe packaging and tinted rigid plastic tubs C, D, LT
Writing Instruments ##Not Accepted##: All brands - Chalks, erasers, glue sticks, rubbers, rulers, scissors or other cutting objects, wooden pencils Black wheelie bin
Writing Instruments All brands - Correction fluid pots, correction tape, felt tips, fountain pens, ink cartridges, highlighters, markers, mechanical (but not wooden) pencils, pens, regardless of their composition. BL (D, LT)
Medicine packaging ##Not Accepted##: All brands - medicine containers such as bottles, inhalers or sprays Black wheelie bin
Medicines, unused or out-of-date ##Not Accepted##: Any form of unused, unopened and out-of-date medicine, including tablets, pills, lozenges and caplets Return to pharmacy for safe disposal
Textiles Clothing, underwear, towels, sheets and curtains. #Note: Items must be clean, dry and in no more than one tied carrier bag placed next to your wheelie bin MVDC textiles household collection
Shoes (paired) bags and belts Note: Items must be clean, dry and in no more than one tied carrier bag placed next to your wheelie bin MVDC textiles household collection
Textiles ##Not Accepted##: Single shoes, stuffed items like pillows and duvets, cuddly toys. Black wheelie bin or take to Community Recycling Centre
Small Electricals Anything with a plug: #No more than one tied carrier bag placed next to your wheelie bin MVDC small electricals household collection or take to a Bring Site (such as in Lower Shott car park, Bookham) or Community Recycling Centre
Small electricals Anything which is battery operated #Note: No more than one tied carrier bag placed next to your wheelie bin. Take out removable batteries first and put them in a separate bag next to the small electricals. MVDC small electricals household collection or take to a Bring Site (such as in Lower Shott car park, Bookham) or Community Recycling Centre
Batteries Note: Place in a separate bag next to the small electricals bag alongside your wheelie bin. MVDC small electricals household collection or take to a Community Recycling Centre
Food waste All food, meat, egg shells, teabags. fruit and vegetable peelings*, bones, coffee grounds*, any fresh food past its use by date. * these items may be composted at home if you have a bin. Food waste household collection. You can line your caddy with a carrier bag, vegetable bags or pedal bin liners but not black bin bags.
Food waste ##Not Accepted##: Cooking oil and other liquids Do not pour oily liquids down your sink or drains. Put in a sealed container and take to Community Recycling Centre
Garden waste Grass cuttings. prunings, fallen leaves, cut flowers, branches (under 7cm / 3 inches thick), hedge trimmings, leaves or small twigs, dead plants, weeds, other organic plant material (e.g. fallen fruit) Brown wheelie bin (subscription service) or Community Recycling Centre.
Garden waste ##Not Accepted##: Soil and stones, gravel or rubble Community Recycling Centre (chargeable)
What can I put in my Green wheelie bin? Dry paper, dry cardboard, metal tins, metal cans, foil, plastic bottles, plastic posts, plastic tubs, plastic trays, glass bottles and jars.
Note: #Don't use bin liners or bags. Items must be loose in your bin to allow for mechanical recovery.
* Rinse items before recycling
* Leave lids on bottles

Note: Only put items from the list above in your green wheelie bin or the whole lorry load may rejected and not recycled. If in doubt, put in your black wheelie bin.
Green wheelie bin
Cheese All brands: flexible plastic cheese pouches, individual cheese wrappers, labels from Cathedral City Minis packs of 6, plastic nets for mini cheeses, sliced cheese protective plastic film. #Please wash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry
D, LT
Aluminium foil and trays Note: #Must be clean and dry. Foil may be scrunched into a ball Green wheelie bin without any bin liners/bags
Books, CDs and DVDs Note: #Place in small carrier bag. MVDC Bring Sites (such as in Lower Shott car park, Bookham) and Community Recycling Centres
Fluorescent tubes or energy saving light bulbs (compact fluorescent tubes/lamps) ## Not accepted: in black wheelie bin or small electricals collection ## Take to a Community Recycling Centre.
Food cartons (soup, tomato, custard etc) and drink cartons, coffee cups (not biodegradable /compostable) Note:  #Where appropriate, rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before recycling. Flatten cartons and replace screw lid as appropriate. MVDC Bring Sites (such as in Lower Shott car park, Bookham) and Community Recycling Centres
Plant pots and seed trays Reuse where possible or see if garden centres will take them Black wheelie bin
Glass bottles and jars #Rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before putting in the bin. Lids may be left on bottles and jars Green wheelie bin without any bin liners/bags
Light bulbs (old style, halogen, LED) ## Not accepted ##: in Small Electricals collection Black wheelie bin
Metal food tins and drinks cans  #Rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before putting in the bin. Green wheelie bin without any bin liners/bags
Paper and cardboard # items to be clean (no grease stains, dirt, food, paint) and dry with plastic tape removed. Flatten boxes first. Green wheelie bin without any bin liners/bags
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays Items made of PET & HDPE (triangle symbols 1 & 2). #Rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before putting in the bin. Lids may be left on bottles Green wheelie bin without any bin liners/bags
Plastic carrier bags and other flexible plastic Flexible (but not crinkly) plastic packaging including other plastic bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, frozen food bags, dry cleaning bags/bags covering new clothing, magazine and newspaper wrappers, fruit and vegetable bags, bubble wrap. These bags may be marked LDPE (triangular code 4) or a recycling symbol confirming they can go in with carrier bags. Carrier bag recycling at bigger supermarkets
Polystyrene, black bin bags, nappies, tissues and wipes, pizza boxes, hard plastics ##Not Accepted##:  in Green Wheelie Bin Black wheelie bin
Shoes (paired), bags and belts, textiles in excess of one bag weekly Textiles includes - Clothing, underwear, towels, sheets and curtains Take to a MVDC Bring Site (such as in Lower Shott car park, Bookham) or Community Recycling Centre
Batteries, Bike Inner Tubes, Sports Clothing, Tennis Balls DG
Coffee Taylors of Harrogate Taylors only - Coffee bean pouches, ground coffee pouches, individual coffee bag sachets (but not the bags themselves) D, LT
Plant pots and trays Reuse or offer to other gardeners or on social media
Plant pots and trays Take to garden centres BQ, SQ, W
Polyethylene, LDPE and Polypropylene plastic film and other items All carrier bags, Baby food pouches, Bags and wrappings used for fruits, vegetables, salads and flowers, Biscuit and cake wrappers, Bottle and can multipack wrapping, Bread bags, Cereal bags, Cheese wrappers, Clothing bags, Crisp packets, Film lids from meat, fish, poultry, fruit, vegetable trays, Foil confectionery wrapping, Frozen food bags, Household item wrapping, Magazine and newspaper wrappers, Microwaveable pouches, Pet food pouches, Plastic or foil coffee packaging, Rice and dry food wrappers, Toilet roll & kitchen roll wrapping SC, SD, SL
Soft Plastics Including Baby and pet food pouches, Bread bags, Crisp packets, Fruit and vegetable packaging, Salad bags TB

Drop Off Locations

Where Find Out More Name of Contact and who they are collecting for
A, DWA, F, LWA - Ashtead Dorking Fetcham Leatherhead Via Facebook - Terracycle Recycling for West Ashtead School or PM Amanda Tanner - or email recyclingforwestashtead@gmail.com Amanda Tanner for Friends of West Ashtead School
BB - Bookham Via Facebook – PM Beth Townend or email pfcbookham@gmail.com Beth Townend raising money for The Grange (crisps/ bread bags) and an Epsom mental health charity (Pringles).
BE - Bookham Via Facebook group – Ella’s Kitchen Recycle Leatherhead & Surrounding Areas or PM Eleanor Pragnell or email pfcbookham@gmail.com
# Note: Hasbro toys can be dropped off at Blakes of Bookham florists, 45 High St, Great Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 4AD
Eleanor Pragnell raising money for Polesden Lacey Play School
BL - Bookham May be put through letter box when closed. Bookham Library, Townshott Close, KT23 4DQ. More details from pfcbookham@gmail.com Emily von Reibnitz
C- Cobham The box is located in Sainsburys Superstore just as you exit the store on the left-hand side immediately next to the food bank collection box Ann Johnson for Cobham Area Girlguiding projects
DB, LB - Dorking, Leatherhead Boots Opticians - Dorking, Leatherhead n/a
D, LT - Dorking, Leatherhead Via Facebook - Tadworth & Local Area Recycling Page (@TadworthTerracycle) or email tadworthterracycle@gmail.com Catherine Banks for: 1. Alzheimers Society, 2. Curly's Legacy, 3. Canine Partners (Confectionery scheme) 4. RSPCA (Pet Food scheme)
LS - Leatherhead Location is same as ‘LT’ – so you can email tadworthterracycle@gmail.com Steve for Surrey Bat Rescue
BQ (Leatherhead), SQ (Horsley), W (Wisley) B&Q in Leatherhead - leave them with checkout staff. Squires in Horsley - container for recycling pots and trays in their car park (Cobham apparently don’t). Recycling point in the car park near the RHS Wisley garden centre too. n/a
DG Decathlon in Guildford n/a
SC, SD, SL - Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead Effectively replacing the carrier bag recycling at Sainsburys. In entrance lobby at Cobham, between tills and front window in Leatherhead. n/a
TB Tesco Brooklands after the tills at the far end away from the entrance n/a

If you have any items that you cannot find in “Search for an item to recycle”, please complete the form below and we will investigate and add to the database.

What is TerraCycle?

TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.

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