Reduce, Reuse and Recycle around Bookham and nearby

This information is being provided to you by Plastic Free Bookham who may be contacted on pfcbookham@gmail.com or via the form below should you have any queries. 

The simplest thing you can do to ‘reduce’ is to take a refillable coffee cup and water bottle around with you and remember to take reusable bags and refillable containers with you when you go to the shops. 

 A major recent development is that many branches of supermarkets like the Co-op (including Bookham!), Sainsburys and Tesco now offer soft plastic recycling and this is a welcome option to avoid some of the sorting needed for the Terracycle collections – a few Bookham Terracycle collections are still listed.  You can also try the Surrey Recycles search tool.

* please note that similar options for our neighbours in Guildford Borough are available. Click here for details 

To find out what to do with any item, try the search tool below.  Start typing in the ‘Search’ box.  The tool immediately shows you all the entries with the search phrase in them.  You can click in the right-hand column to see more details of what your options are.  To get to the search results, just scroll back up.

Type of ProductWhat is accepted - click on link for more detailsWhere to take - click on the code or link for drop off details
Aerosols Black wheelie bin
Aerosols

Check with staff member where to put them

Community Recycling Centre

Air freshener productsAir freshener fragrance candles & reeds, glass cartridgesBlack wheelie bin
Air freshener productsPlug-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,
Aluminium foil and trays

NoteMust be clean and dry. Foil may be scrunched into a ball

Green Wheelie Bin


Asbestos or asbestos-based materials

Not accepted with normal waste

Take to Epsom, Guildford or Shepperton recycling centres (not Leatherhead)

Baby and toddler furnituree.g. playpens, car seats, high chairs, swings, bouncy seats,
etc.

Try charity shops or Freebay first. Otherwise Revive shop at Community Recycling Centre may be interested.

Batteries

NotePlace in a separate bag next to the small electricals bag alongside your wheelie bin.

MVDC Small Electricals doorstep recycling

Batteries

Community Recycling Centre

Batteries and inkjet printer cartridgesCollection bins at many retailers of these products
Batteries, bike inner tubes, sports clothing, tennis balls

Decathlon sports store in Guildford

Batteries, energy saving light bulbs, inkjet printer cartridges, water filters

TB, TL

Batteries, fluorescent tubes, light bulbs, small electricals

B&Q Leatherhead in the entrance lobby on the left as you go in

Batteries, light bulbs

Branches of Robert Dyas e.g. Cobham, Dorking, Epsom, Guildford

Battery and electric toothbrushesBatteries 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 brandsToothbrush heads and their packaging 

C D, LT

Bedding, furniture and white goods, kitchen items

White goods includes electrical appliances such as cookers, washing machines and fridge freezers.
Bedding and towels includes sheets, pillows and pillow cases.
Kitchen items include cutlery, crockery, saucepans, and cleaning products.
Note: Items should be clean and in good condition and beds and sofas require fire tags.

Reuse by Besom in Ashtead

BicyclesSuitable bikes are recycled and sent to rural areas in Africa. Otherwise they're broken up for spare parts for the same project.

Halfords Byfleet - suggest calling them first

Bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards 

Try charity shops or Freebay first. Otherwise Revive shop at Community Recycling Centre may be interested.

Black bag waste 

Community Recycling Centre

Body creams, ointments or moisturisers

All brands: Flexible plastic tubes 

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Books, CDs and DVDs

Note: Place in small carrier bag.

Try charity shops or Freebay. Paperback books can go in your green wheelie bin
Bottle corks (natural cork only)Used by the Eden Project for enriching soils and protecting roots.

Take to Majestic Wines and drop into recycling bins near checkout or hand to the delivery drive

Bottle corks (natural cork only)

In connection with Recorked

Take to Denbies visitor reception

Bottle tops, mobile phones, spectaclesSent to charities

Community Recycling Centre

Bread Warburtons

Warburtons only: waxed bread wrappers

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Candles

Note: no need to empty your scraps of debris like matches or tea light tins

Can be posted to The Recycled Candle Company

Cans, car batteries, cooking oil, engine oil, gas bottles, large electricals (e.g. fridge/freezers), mattresses, tetrapak cartons, TVs and monitorsAll these can be recycled

Community Recycling Centre

Cement-based products including formed items, concrete and formed concrete items, blocks, slabs, posts etc, Ceramics; piping, tiles etc, Flooring - cement, stone, marble, slate, tile based etc, Granite, marble and slates

Only accepted as Chargeable Waste

By car only to Community Recycling Centre - vans need a permit

Chocolate and sweetsChocolate assortment tins

Green Wheelie Bin

Chocolate and sweetsHard plastic tubsBlack wheelie bin
Chocolate and sweetsQUALITY STREET® wrappersHome composting

Chocolate Ferrero

Ferrero Rocher and Ferrero Collection only - aluminium foil wrappings for individual chocolates and bars, 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 

BE (A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA)

Clay flowerpots, clay garden ornaments, crockery, plastic planters and garden furniture

Maybe suitable for Revive Re-use Shop at Leatherhead CRC

Community Recycling Centre

Coat hangers, metal or wood

Community Recycling Centre

Coat hangers, plasticNot recyclableTake back to shop or place in black wheelie bin

Coffee capsules (Eco) Lavazza, Nespresso

Lavazza Eco coffee capsules only - compatible with Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machines and Nespresso® coffee machines (other than Vertuo) 

D,LT

Coffee cups

Note: biodegradable and compostable cups are not currently recyclable locally

Take back to provider or place in black wheelie bin (Note: no longer taken at Lower Shott 'Tetrapak' bank)

Coffee pods: Nespresso, Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, Starbucks, L'Or, Cru Cafe

Aluminium and plastic pods - NOT compostable ones.

Follow instructions to obtain bag and drop off at Collect + locations e.g. Bookham, Effingham, Fetcham and Leatherhead

Coffee Percol

Bags of beans and ground coffee, also coffee sachets.

Check individual products on Percol website. Can be home composted.

Contact Lenses

All brands: soft, disposable contact lenses, contact lens blister packs and foil 

DB, LB

Cooking oil

Note: Do not pour oily liquids down your sink or drains or into your food waste caddy.

Put in a sealed container and take to Community Recycling Centre - ask a member of staff where to put it.

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

Deodorants

All brands: Deodorants - plastic roll on only 

D, LT

Doors (internal and external), Garden wooden fencing posts and panels, garden structures, trellis, pergolas and sheds, Fitted kitchen cupboards and wooden or chipboard work surfaces, Fitted units (for example wardrobes), Insulation (not asbestos)

Ask staff for guidance where to put items

By car only to Community Recycling Centre - vans need a permit

Down jackets, duvets and sleeping bagsOnly items which contain 100% natural down and not down/feather mixtures

Send off to Alpkit using Freepost

Electricals, not working

Consider whether a simple repair might be possible by a Repair Café such as the ones in DorkingEpsom, Guildford and Reigate

Find your local Repair Café

Electricals, small and large

WEEE legislation requires suppliers of new items to recycle your old ones. Most however only take back something when you buy something new from them; Currys is an exception to the rule and will take everything regardless.

Currys electricals and tech recycling

Eye and brow makeup, face makeup, lip products

All brands: Compacts, eyeliner pens (but not wooden eye pencils), lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms, mascara wands, pots, tubes. - Note: please remove any residual contents

Recycling bins in some branches of Superdrug including Epsom

Eye make up

All brands: Eye shadow compacts, mascara tubes and wands - Note: please remove any residual contents 

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Face masks, disposable PPE 

Branches of Wilko

Floss container

All brands: Dental floss containers (empty) and outer packaging 

C, D, LT

Floss container

All brands: Dental floss containers (empty

D, LT

Flossing and interdental

All brands: Flossing sticks, interdental brushes

D, LT

Fluorescent tubes or energy saving light bulbs (compact fluorescent tubes/lamps) 

Community Recycling Centre

Food cartons (soup, tomato, custard etc), juice & milk cartons, Pringles and other paper/cardboard tubes with metal ends (e.g. dough, cocoa)

NoteWhere 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 

Food wasteAll food, meat, egg shells, teabags. fruit and vegetable peelings, bones, coffee grounds, any fresh food past its use by date.

Food waste household collection. Note: You can line your caddy with a carrier bag, vegetable bags or pedal bin liners but not black bin bags. 

Food wasteFruit and vegetable peelings, seeds or cores, fruit and vegetables past their best, coffee grounds, tea leaves, salad leaves, broken egg shells and torn up cardboard egg boxes

Place in home compost bin

Furniture

If in good condition, may be suitable for Revive Re-use Shop at Leatherhead CRC. Otherwise in appropriate metals, plastics or wood skip, or ask staff for guidance

By car only to Community Recycling Centre - vans need a permit

Furniture, home furnishings and electrical goods including white goods

Need to be in clean and working condition with no tears or stains or other damage. Note: Upholstered furniture needs a fire safety label attached and electrical goods a CE mark.

Reuse by Furnistore for local people in need. Free collection.

Garden wasteGrass 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)

Community Recycling Centre

Garden wasteGrass 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)

Glass bottles and jars

Note: Rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before putting in the bin. Lids may be left on bottles and jars

Green Wheelie Bin

Gloves - disposable

All brands: domestic disposable gloves - made from polyethylene, latex, nitrile, vinyl. NOT any which have been used with harsh chemicals, unhygienic substances or as medical PPE

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Gloves - disposable and durableGloves that have been in contact which have been used with harsh chemicals, unhygienic substances or as medical PPE or unhygienic substances or used for business or professional purposesBlack wheelie bin
Gloves - disposable and durable

Marigold only - durable and disposable domestic gloves and their packaging. NOT any which have been used with harsh chemicals, unhygienic substances or as medical PPE

D, LT

Gravel, hardcore, rocks, sand, soil, stones, tarmac, plasterboard, sanitary ware - bathroom suites & kitchenware and (e.g. porcelain) - baths, cisterns, sinks, toilet pans, bidets (whole or broken up), Turf (whole), Tyres

Only accepted as Chargeable Waste

By car only to Community Recycling Centre - vans need a permit

Hair colour kits

All brands: Hair colourant kits (nozzles only, Note: must be rinsed out) 

D, LT

Hand wash

Carex®, Imperial Leather® , Bayley’s of Bond Street®, Original Source only - hand wash pumps (but not the bottles, which go in green wheelie bin) 

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Inkjet printer cartridgesMoney raised for charity

Community Recycling Centre

Inkjet printer cartridgesMoney raised for charity

Through Recycle4Charity and The Recycling Factory

Large electricals Dishwashers, fridges, freezers, washing machines & dryers

Community Recycling Centre

Larger amounts of cardboard, glass bottles and jars, metal, paper, which don't fit in the green wheelie bin

Note: items to be clean (no grease stains, dirt, food, paint) and dry with plastic tape removed. Flatten boxes first. Rinse tins, can, bottles, jars before recycling and leave to drain before recycling. Lids may be left on bottles and jars

Community Recycling Centre

Light bulbs (old style, halogen, LED) Black wheelie bin
Lip products

All brands: Lip balm, lipsticks, lip glosses, lip & cheek highlighter and bronzer sticks. Note: please remove any residual contents 

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Medicine packaging - blister packs

All brands: Empty medicine blister packs

Take to Superdrug pharmacies in Guildford or Worcester Park

Medicine packaging - empty bottles

Note: Rinse out first

Green Wheelie Bin

Medicine packaging - inhalers

Return to pharmacy for safe disposal

Medicines - unused, part-used or out-of-dateAny form of unused, unopened and out-of-date medicine, including Includes tablets, pills, lozenges, and caplets, liquids, lotions, creams and ointments

Return to pharmacy for safe disposal

Metal food tins and drinks cans 

Note: Rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before putting in the bin.

Green Wheelie Bin

Mobile phones

Note: Ideally you should do a 'factory reset' on your phone before recycling

Retailers of new phones should take them back and may even offer a trade-in for newer models.

Mobile phones

Note: Ideally you should do a 'factory reset' on your phone before recycling

D, LT

Oral Care - generalBreath sprays, Dental floss (string), Denture product packaging, Toothache kitsBlack wheelie bin

Paint (water-based & emulsion only)

Community Recycling Centre who will take it to the Paint Shop at the Guildford CRC

Paper and cardboard

Note: items to be clean (no grease stains, dirt, food, paint) and dry with plastic tape removed. Flatten boxes first.

Green Wheelie Bin

Personal Care and Beauty products

All brands: Flexible plastic tubes and pots 

D, LT

Phone - Popsockets products and packaging

Popsockets only

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Phone cases, plastic

All brands: no other materials or biodegradable plastics 

A, D, DWA, F, LT, LWA

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

Items made of PET & HDPE (triangle symbols 1 & 2).  Note: Rinse items before recycling and leave to drain before putting in the bin. Lids may be left on bottles

Green Wheelie Bin

Plastic plant pots and traysReuse where possible or offer to other gardeners or on local social media
Plastic plant pots and traysIf all else fails...Black wheelie bin
Plastic plant pots and traysTake to garden centres

BQ, SQ, W

Plastic sheeting (rigid), radiators, roofing felt, flooring - wooden, laminated, vinyl and so on (boards/joists/decking), sanitary ware - bathroom suites and kitchenware - metal (enamelled) only,

Ask staff for guidance where to put items

By car only to Community Recycling Centre - vans need a permit

Polystyrene, black bin bags, nappies, tissues and wipes, pizza boxes, hard plasticsCannot be recycledBlack wheelie bin
Razors and razor blades

All brands - may be sent by post for recycling. Note: this does not include individual blades.

For Freepost envelope visit Gillette

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 

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

Small Electricals

Anything with a plug. NoteNo more than one tied carrier bag placed next to your wheelie bin

MVDC small electricals household collection

Small Electricals (in excess of one carrier bag full)

Anything with a plug or which is battery operated - remove batteries for separate recycling 

Take to a Bring Site (such as in Lower Shott car park, Bookham) or Community Recycling Centre 

Small electricals including toys

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

Soft plastics - 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, Bubble wrap, Cereal bags, Cheese wrappers, Clothing bags, Crisp packets, Film lids from meat, fish, poultry, fruit, vegetable trays, 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. Note: items to be clean and dry.

BC, SC, SD, SL, TB, TL

Spectacles and glassesRecycled for charity

Donner Optometrists, 9 Church Road, Bookham

TextilesSingle shoes, stuffed items like pillows and duvets, cuddly toys. Black wheelie bin
TextilesSingle shoes, stuffed items like pillows and duvets, cuddly toys. 

Community Recycling Centre

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 

Textiles, needing a simple repair or new zip etc

Consider whether a simple repair might be possible by a Repair Café such as the ones in DorkingEpsom, Guildford and Reigate

Find your local Repair Café

Toothbrushes - manual

All brands: Plastic toothbrushes (not bamboo or wood) and outer packaging 

C, D, LT

Toothpaste

All brands: Toothpaste tubes (Note: squeeze out any remaining contents) and caps, toothpaste cartons 

C, D, LT

Toothpaste pumpsBlack wheelie bin
Toys and gamesAssorted, not covered by brands below

Try charity shops or Freebay first. Otherwise Revive shop at Community Recycling Centre may be interested.

Toys Mattel

Barbie®, Matchbox™ and MEGA™ toys can be posted back to Mattel with a free prepaid shipping label

Mattel Playback

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

Trigger sprays and pump tops from personal care and beauty products

All brands: no home cleaning, car or garden products. Note: Please rinse by pumping some water through and running under a tap. 

D, LT

Trigger sprays from car or garden productsBlack wheelie bin
Trigger sprays from household products

Note: 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

Water filters

Community Recycling Centre

Water filters Brita


 Branches of Argos, Robert Dyas, Sainsburys
Wipes

Flash® only - hand and floor wipes, Powermop Absorbing Pads, Speedmop Wet Cloths (no packaging) 

D, LT

Writing InstrumentsAll brands - Chalks, erasers, glue sticks, rubbers, rulers, scissors or other cutting objects, wooden pencilsOffer to a local nursery, playgroup or school or put in 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)

Drop off points

WhereFind Out MoreName 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

Amanda Tanner for Friends of West Ashtead School
BC - Bookham Co-opCollection bin near rear tills
BE - Bookham

 Via Facebook group – Ella’s Kitchen Recycle Leatherhead & Surrounding Areas or PM Eleanor Pragnell or email pfcbookham@gmail.com

Eleanor Pragnell raising money for Polesden Lacey Play School

# Note: Hasbro toys can be dropped off at Blakes of
Bookham florists, 45 High St, Great Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 4AD

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- CobhamThe box is located in Sainsburys Superstore just as you exit the store on the left-hand side immediately next to the food bank collection boxAnn Johnson for Cobham Area Girlguiding projects
DB, LB - Dorking LeatherheadBoots Opticians - Dorking, Leatherheadn/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).

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
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.
at Cobham, between tills and front window in Leatherhead.

n/a
TB, TL

Tesco Brooklands after the tills at the far end away from the entrance, Tesco Leatherhead on the left of the entrance by the customer service desk

n/a

Similar links for Guildford Borough

Whilst the search tool is based on what’s local to Bookham, many similar options exist in Guildford.  GBC run doorstep collections of Green & black wheelie bins, and food caddies, garden waste, and you can leave a carrier bag of textiles, small electricals and batteries out each week with your wheelie bin.  They also run assorted recycling banks in car parks etc, akin to MVDC’s ‘bring sites’.  Those further from Leatherhead may prefer Community Recycling Centres in Woking or Slyfield (Guildford).  For those wishing to recycle via Terracycle, there is a collection point at Zero Carbon Guildford which feeds into a collector in Bellfields.  Pre-loved furniture, white goods and small electrical appliances can be refurbished and reused by Furniturelink or Furniture Helpline.