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Tandridge marks 'stunning' recycling performance

A Surrey district has nearly doubled its rate of recyclables collected in the first six months of a new contract.

Tandridge District Council’s deal with contractor Biffa has also reduced waste going for disposal by almost a third, it is claimed.

Between October 2012 and March this year, Tandridge’s collection rate of recyclables and organic waste has increased from 33% - the lowest in Surrey - to 63%.

Crews have collected 4,700 tonnes of dry recyclables and 1,500 tonnes of food waste to be sent to MRFs, composters or AD food plants.

Disposal levels have fallen by some 35% from the 19,000 tonnes previously collected, yielding savings of some £500,000.

Biffa said service was on course to deliver annual efficiency savings of around £900,000.

Roger Edwards, director of Biffa’s municipal division, said: “This is a stunning performance that puts Tandridge among the best in England.”

Biffa’s contract marked the first major overhaul of Tandridge’s waste services for nearly 20 years, which had been based on weekly back door collections of refuse sacks and of a limited range of kerbside-sorted dry recyclables.

Crews now make alternate week kerbside collections of fully commingled dry recyclables from wheeled bins. Residual waste is collected in sacks, but on a fortnightly cycle.

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