Bins - What Goes in Them?

Cardboard collection bank removal from Ashtead and Dorking car parks 

The cardboard collection banks at Reigate Road car park in Dorking and Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall car park were removed on 1 September 2022. Find out more about recycling cardboard further down on this page.

Information on what you can and cannot put into your general waste and recycling bins.

Download the 2022 bin collection calendar and recycling guide below:

Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar 2022 (printable version)

Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar 2022 (accessible version)

What to do with an item?

Use the search tool below to find out what to do with an item. You will need to put in your postcode the first time you use it and then search for the item..

Recycling bin

When putting items into your recycling bin, please ensure they are clean and dry. You don't need to remove the labels. Items should be placed in loose; please do not put them in a carrier bag or clear recycling sack.

Extra recycling will be collected on your recycling collection day as long as it is securely bagged in a clear recycling sack** and placed next to your bin. Recycling presented in black sacks or carrier bags will not be accepted.

If you would like to order an additional recycling bin, you can do so using the link below. Please have your debit/credit card available to place the order

Order a new bin ›


Yes please!

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Dry paper and cardboard 
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays – including detergent bottles, yoghurt pots and ready meal trays 
  • Metal food tins and drinks cans 
  • Clean aluminium foil and trays


  • Put any cardboard stained/dirty with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt in your general waste bin; this cannot be recycled
  • Please remove any tape and polystyrene inserts and put them in your general rubbish bin
  • Flatten and fold/cut large boxes to ensure they can fit into the recycling bin with the lid closed

Extra cardboard?

If you have more than will fit in your recycling bin, flatten it, tie it into a bundle and place it next to your recycling bin for collection. Please note we can only accept clean and dry cardboard*. If you wish, you can place it into a clear recycling sack** to keep it dry. 

You can also order a second recycling bin (140l for £34, 240l for £54) - simply complete a bin request form.

Alternatively you can take it to the Dorking or Leatherhead Recycling Centres.

*Wet paper and card clogs up the machinery used at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where recyclable material is processed. As a result, its presence in a load can result in the entire load being rejected by the facility. For this reason, only dry cardboard will be accepted by our waste contractor.

**Clear recycling sacks can be purchased from online retailers and supermarkets.

No thanks!

  • Food waste - see food waste web page
  • Food and drink cartons (Tetrapak) - these can be taken to a Recycling Centre or Bring Site
  • Garden waste - garden waste can be taken to your nearest Community Recycling Centre or you can subscribe to the Garden Waste Collection Service
  • Hard plastics; such as Tupperware, toys and kitchen utensils
  • Plastic bags, cellophane and black bin bags
  • Polystyrene, including polystyrene food trays
  • Crisp packets, wrappers and food pouches (such as pet and baby food pouches
  • Grease stained pizza boxes
  • Tissues, wipes and tissue paper
  • Nappies
  • Aerosols

If you are unsure about how to recycle a particular item and cannot find an answer via the search tool, please email

Refuse bin

This bin is for your general waste, the contents of which are taken for landfill. You can dispose of all general waste that you generate within your household which is not recycling, garden waste or food waste in this bin.

  • Please bag any ash before placing into your rubbish bin
  • All rubbish must fit in your bin with the lid closed; any extra rubbish will not be collected

No thanks!

Food waste

Food waste is collected every week in Mole Valley on the same day as your waste or recycling collections. 

All food waste bins in Mole Valley are emptied using a separate collection vehicle. This means it is important to keep your food caddy out until 4pm on your day of collection to ensure it is emptied.

Garden waste

MVDC runs a fortnightly garden waste collection service which offers residents an easy and convenient way to recycle all year round.

Bulky waste

MVDC offers a bulky waste collection service for bulky household items.

Textiles and electrical items

To use the free weekly kerbside collection service, place your items into a tied standard size plastic carrier bag (use separate bags, i.e. do not mix textiles and electrical items) and leave it next to your rubbish or recycling bin on your collection day.

Residents can recycle one bag of textiles and one bag of electrical items per week.

To find out what items can be recycled, visit the electricals and battery recycling page and the clothes and home textiles recycling page on the Joint Waste Solutions website.


A small number of properties in Mole Valley need to present their waste in sacks where it is not possible for them to have bins.

Please note we will accept no more than four sacks on each collection day.