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The weird and wonderful world of recycling in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 15:23 23 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:53 20 February 2013

The weird and wonderful world of recycling in Surrey

The weird and wonderful world of recycling in Surrey

A sailing boat, an 8ft polystyrene snowman and a coffin are just some of the weird and wonderful items people have taken to community recycling centres, Surrey County Council has revealed.

A sailing boat, an 8ft polystyrene snowman and a coffin are just some of the weird and wonderful items people have taken to community recycling centres, Surrey County Council has revealed.


Meanwhile, a tortoise had a lucky escape when it was accidentally tipped into a green waste bin before being spotted and an absent minded husband may have experienced the wrath of his wife when he threw out a bag of laundry instead of rubbish, after picking up the wrong sack.


Two van loads of stamps, a grand piano, a caravan and diving equipment including an oxygen tank, wetsuit and fins were among other oddities.


The willingness of Surrey residents to recycle and not simply dump their rubbish into landfill has helped push the county's household waste recycling rate to 50%, almost a decade ahead of the governments schedule.


This benefits the environment and saves Surrey taxpayers millions of pounds a year in reduced landfill costs. The county is now aiming to hit a 70% household waste recycling target by 2014.

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