Surrey recycling targets met nine years early
Surrey has achieved a 50% recycling rate for household waste nine years ahead of schedule, the county council has said.
A government target requires authorities to recycle at least half their household waste by 2020.
Surrey County Council said: "This benefits the environment and saves Surrey taxpayers millions of pounds a year in reduced landfill costs."
The council said it was now aiming to recycle 70% of household waste by 2014.
A programme of improvements to community recycling centres is under way across the county.
Councillor Lynne Hack said: "Achieving a 50% recycling rate required a lot of hard work by residents and Surrey councils, so we should all be proud of this achievement."