There are two large community recycling centres located in Dorking and Leatherhead. These sites are owned by Surrey County Council and managed by SUEZ Surrey. There are also numerous recycling points for items such as textiles, cartons, card and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Bring sites within Mole Valley
There are numerous recycling bring sites in Mole Valley. The items which can be taken to these sites vary so please check what items can be accepted at each site before visiting.
- Ashtead, Peace Memorial Hall - cardboard, textiles and shoes, cartons (including Tetra Paks) and paper containers with metal ends (no lids)
- Bookham, Lower Shott car park - cartons (including Tetra Paks) and paper containers with metal ends (no lids), textiles, shoes and WEEE.
- Dorking, Reigate Road car park (behind the Sports Centre) - cardboard, textiles, shoes, WEEE, cartons (including Tetra Paks) and paper containers with metal ends (no lids)
- Leatherhead, Randalls Road car park - textiles, shoes, WEEE, cartons (including Tetra Paks) and paper containers with metal ends (no lids)
- Ockley, Village Hall car park- textiles
Items for textile banks can either be placed straight into the container (i.e. without a bag) or in standard sized carrier bags.
Refuse sacks MUST NOT be used- they are unlikely to fit through the openings of the textile banks or if they do, will often block the chutes, thus making the banks difficult to use.
Please keep shoes paired together, e.g. by tying the laces together, using string or elastic bands, or using a standard sized carrier bag.
Third party recycling sites
A search tool on the Recycle Now website is available, to help users find recycling collection points at other sites, such as supermarkets.
Terracycle schemes - for hard to recycle items
Terracycle partners with volunteers from the general public, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers and small businesses, to provide a route for the recycling of items which are not suitable for regular household recycling (i.e. via kerbside collections).
Such items include crisp, biscuit and popcorn packets; bread bags, pet food pouches, home hygiene products, ring carriers and certain types of coffee pods.
In addition, some Terracycle schemes enable the volunteers taking part to generate income for charities, for what they collect.
Local Terracycle schemes
Tadworth Terracycle collect items for multiple schemes via a number of drop-off points, including locations in Leatherhead and Headley. Money raised from collections is donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, RSPCA and several other charities. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Terracyle recycling for West Ashtead School also collect for multiple schemes and have drop-off points in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Dorking. Any money raised is donated to West Ashtead School. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.
The Plastic Free Bookham search tool can be used to find details of local Terracycle schemes.
Recorked UK is the UK’s leading natural wine cork recycling program. They donate a percentage of their profit to nominated charities and also supply corks to charities and schools for use in craft projects.
Podback/Nespresso pod recycling schemes
Nespresso now offer several options to facilitate the recycling of coffee pods.