Everyone in Surrey can recycle dry paper and card at home. Find out which bin to put paper and card in, or where to take it with the recycling search tool.

Yes please:

  • Dry paper like newspapers, magazines, greetings cards, junk mail, receipts and envelopes
  • Dry cardboard like cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes, toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes and egg cartons
  • Food and drink cartons - check the recycling search tool to see how to recycle these where you live (not everyone can recycle these from their homes).

No thanks:

  • Tissues, kitchen roll and napkins
  • Greaseproof paper and parchment paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Takeaway paper coffee cups
  • Wet paper and card
  • Paper and cardboard with food residue and grease like pizza boxes and fish and chips wrapping

How is paper and card recycled?

Your paper and card is turned into pulp with water and chemicals to separate the fibres. The pulp is sprayed onto a fast moving mesh to form sheets.

The sheets are flattened and passed through heated rollers to make them the right thickness. The paper is then wound onto large rolls.

What does paper and card become?

Paper mills make a variety of papers from different recycled materials including; newspapers, cardboard boxes, writing paper, toilet rolls and tissue paper. In only seven days your newspaper could be recycled and made into next week's newspaper.


Shredded paper can be recycled, just place it in an envelope or cereal box to keep it together in your recycling bin.

Paper and card (including shredded paper) can also be composted at home, it's a great material to balance out more moisture rich items like grass cuttings - in your compost bin or heap.

You can also reduce the amount of junk mail you receive to reduce paper waste.