Waste is one of the most important issues in Surrey with 615,296 tonnes of municipal waste being produced by residents during 2006/07. In the same year, the cost of waste disposal and collection across the County amounted to around £70 million.
The Surrey Waste Partnership was formed by the Surrey Local Government Association to ensure that Surrey's waste is managed in the most efficient, effective, and sustainable manner.
The work of the waste partnership is focused by the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS), which was developed by the SLGA to improve and strengthen the management of waste in Surrey.
Since the implementation of the JMWMS in 2006, the Surrey Waste Partnership has continued to facilitate and develop joint working through a series of projects. In October 2008 Members produced a Memorandum of Understanding, which re-affirmed the purpose of the waste partnership and the need for collaboration across the County. The Surrey Waste Partnership members have also agreed to pool funds to finance a number of JMWMS implementation projects.