Our Environment

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
Recycling Shop

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.

Check out the Revive Re-Use Shops Facebook page.

Opening times:
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.)

Horley's Revive and Re-use recycling Shop

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:

Bubble wrap
Cling film
Blister packs
Confectionery wrapping
Crisp packets
Sweet/biscuit wrappers
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.

Reducing plastic.

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.

Plastic-Free Me

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
• Fly-tipping
• How to dispose of waste legally

and more.

Surrey Environment Partnership

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.

Earlswood Recycling & Waste Centre info.

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:

Plastic currently not recycled

Horley Conservation Group

Horley Conservation Group, Surrey

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.

Visit the Horley Conservation Group website.


Click here to see our maps of the Horley area, including a map showing the Green Belt around Horley.

Map showing the Green Belt around Horley

Who does what?

Click here to find out more about who is responsible for services in and around Horley and Surrey.

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?

Map showing possible development in Smallfield, 2015/16

Click here to visit the Tandridge District Council planning policy web page.

More information can also be found on the Burstow Parish Council website.

(March 2016)

The Green Belt around Horley

The UK Green Belt policy was established in 1955 primarily to stop urban sprawl.

Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Published by local people for the people and businesses of Horley, Surrey and the local Gatwick area.