Protecting the environment around Horley in Surrey.
Most of us are concerned about climate change and in particular how we can protect the environment in our area. This page provides some information on recycling, environmental issues that effect Horley, Gatwick and our surrounding area.
Horley’s local Revive Re-use
At our local recycling centre at Earlswood you can donate pre-owned items from your home or garden to be re-sold at the Revive Re-use Shop. This really helps reduce waste. It also helps support local charities.
Monday to Thursday: 8.00 am to 3.45 pm
Friday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 3.45 pm.
(Please check their Facebook page to make sure their times don’t change.)
Environment page left column
Plastic we cannot recycle
The recycling systems in the UK are so variable that people find it difficult to know what to put into recycling and what to leave out. Some authorities allow certain types of materials to be recycled others do not. The public need clarity on what to put into recycling bins and what to put in the general landfill or incinerated waste – and, of course, the production of plastic needs to stop. Reigate & Banstead currently list on their website the following items that must not be put into recycling bins:
Plastic carrier bags
Plastic bags and film e.g. plastic film, salad bags, bread bags, frozen veg bags
Plastic food packets with foil lining e.g. pet food, sauces
Hard plastic including plastic toys, plants pots, coast hangers, storage boxes
Tubes (toothpaste – dried toothpaste can not be washed by recyclers).
So what are we supposed to do with these items? If they go into landfill they will last for hundreds of years. If they end up elsewhere, such as shown on Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s TV programme, they pollute our oceans.
At Horley Online we are currently testing a system that will take these items (Terracycle). We will report back on this soon.
To help make plastic-free living more attainable and sustainable we list here organisations that provide useful information.
If you have any tips and suggestions for reducing plastic and where to buy plastic-free products please let us know.
Surrey Environment Partnership
On the Surrey Environment Partnership page you can find detailed info on:
• Waste and Recycling where I live
• What to do with an item
• Reduce, reuse, recycle
• How to dispose of waste legally
Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, part of Sussex Wildlife Trust
Recycling and Waste
The website for the Surrey Waste Partnership gives some useful information on everything from turning food waste into bio-gas to recycling furniture: visit the Surrey Waste Partnership website. The Reigate & Banstead website also has plenty of information on recycling.
Sussex Green Living, Recycling Zones. This is a great example of how recycling difficult items has been set up in Sussex.
The Reigate & Banstead Borough Council website has a page where you can check what can be recycled and what to put in each waste bin. Recycling info.
How to recycle
Visit the Recycle Now website and find out more about what can be recycled and how.
Want to know which bin to put something in or where to take it?
This link is to Reigate & Banstead Council’s page giving guidance on what can be recycled and put into containers. It says:
Horley Conservation Group
The main aims of the group are to:
• To assist with the management of Tanyard Meadows, but also other open spaces in Horley, for the benefit of nature conservation and local amenity value.
• Encourage the goodwill and involvement of the local community.
• To foster a wider community spirit in Horley, which in turn can help to reduce local crime and, or anti-social behaviour.
• The group will run a programme of practical conservation tasks and activities on Tanyard Meadows and elsewhere (with prior consultation and permission from RBBC, HTC or other land-owners.
The group can consult with local authorities and people, to publicise the group and its activities, raise money to support these aims, apply for grants and receive donations.
The group can also facilitate Community Nature Walks and Community Nature presentations and talks.
Click here to see our maps of the Horley area, including a map showing the Green Belt around Horley.
Who does what?
Map showing the land in Smallfield put forward for assessment for possible development. If the areas marked in green are approved this would be a major development for Smallfield. Is this in Green Belt?
The Green Belt around Horley
The UK Green Belt policy was established in 1955 primarily to stop urban sprawl.
• Campaign to Protect Rural England.