Christmas & New Year Collections

There are a few changes to the bin collection calendar over the Christmas and New Year period.

Normal collections will resume from Monday 14 January 2019.

Green Bin Collections

Monday 24 DecemberNo change
Tuesday 25 DecemberThursday 27 December
Wednesday 26 DecemberFriday 28 December
Thursday 27 DecemberSaturday 29 December
Friday 28 DecemberMonday 31 December

Black Bin Collections

Monday 31 DecemberWednesday 2 January
Tuesday 1 JanuaryThursday 3 January
Wednesday 2 January Friday 4 January
Thursday 3 JanuarySaturday 5 January
Friday 4 JanuaryMonday 7 January

Green Bin Collections

Monday 7 JanuaryTuesday 8 January
Tuesday 8 JanuaryWednesday 9 January
Wednesday 9 January Thursday 10 January
Thursday 10 JanuaryFriday 11 January
Friday 11 JanuarySaturday 12 January

This schedule also applies to the collection of food waste, garden waste, textiles and small electrical collections.

'Tis the season to recycle

There's so much you can recycle in Surrey over the festive period, from party food boxes and wrapping paper you can tear, to cardboard packaging the latest toy came in. Whether you have empty chocolate boxes, old envelopes or used wrapping paper, there is room in your recycling bin for them all. Just remember that you can't recycle anything with glitter on, wrapping paper that doesn't rip or cards that contain batteries.

Here are some of the items that you can put in your recycling bin this Christmas:

  • Cardboard chocolate boxes
  • Mince pie boxes
  • Delivery boxes
  • Magazines
  • Wrapping paper (that can be ripped and has no glitter on it)
  • Christmas cards (that don't contain batteries or have glitter on)
  • Envelopes
  • Paper gift tags
  • Gift bags
  • Paper calendars
  • Cake boxes
  • Plastic drinks bottles
  • Tubs of chocolates
  • Cream and yoghurt pots
  • Plastic milk bottles
  • Plastic food trays
  • Glass sauce jars
  • Glass wine and beer bottles
  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans

You can break down cardboard boxes to help make more space in your recycling bin and extra recycling (presented in clear recycling bags) next to your bin on collection day will be taken.

Clear recycling sacks can be collected from the Pippbrook offices in Dorking, or from the Leatherhead Help Shop. Clear recycling sacks are also available from all supermarkets.

To check what else you can recycle where you live this Christmas and all year round, visit and use the search tool or download the Recycle for Surrey app.

The Recycle for Surrey website also has lots of recipes to help you to be more creative with your leftovers than the customary turkey sandwich. Don't forget that you can use plastic bags for your plate scrapings, so food waste can go straight into your outside food waste bin.

Mole Valley's Community Recycling Centres in Dorking and Leatherhead are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Christmas Tree Recycling

You can recycle your Christmas tree at any of the following sites from Tuesday 1 to Friday 11 January 2019:

  • Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Car Park
  • Bookham Lower Road Car Park
  • Reigate Road, Dorking Car Park
  • Ockley Village Hall Car Park

Alternatively, Christmas trees can be taken to the Community Recycling Centres in Dorking and Leatherhead.

If you are a garden waste service subscriber, you can use your brown-lidded bin to dispose of your Christmas tree. Please ensure that you cut the tree up, so that the lid of your bin can be closed and the contents come out freely when the bin is tipped into the lorry.

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