Good news! From Wednesday 17th February residents in the Weybridge and Walton areas will be able to recycle their food and drinks cartons (these are the ubiquitous Tetrapak, Elopak, etc. cartons for soup, fruit juice, non-dairy milk, etc.) and drinks cups.
Over the last year Cllr Ashley Tilling has been working with the recycling provider set up by the carton manufacturers (ACE UK) and with Elmbridge Borough Council to introduce recycling banks. Currently Elmbridge is the only borough in Surrey that does not provide carton recycling for its residents; 94% of all UK councils provide carton recycling.
Recycling reduces CO2 emissions in the supply chain and ensures our waste is recycled responsibly. Industry figures show that recycling food and drink cartons produces a net reduction in emissions of 452 kg CO2 per tonne. The new bring banks provide a great opportunity for residents in Weybridge and Walton to save food and drink cartons from going to landfill.
We are hoping this will be an initial trial; it would be much more convenient for banks to be placed in supermarket car parks, as they are in neighbouring Waitrose Woking and Waitrose West Byfleet, or town centre council car parks, as they are in Mole Valley. Please let EBC or your ward councillor know if you would like the council to extend the trial by providing banks in places that would give you greater opportunities to recycle your cartons.