All 15 of Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs) will remain open and there will be no charges for wood waste, under proposals to be agreed by Surrey County Council’s cabinet.
The recommendations to be discussed by the cabinet on Tuesday 29 October include:
· Keeping Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham CRCs open on their current operational days, and to be able to accept wood alongside recycling.
· Leatherhead CRC will open on Fridays. This will mean there’s an alternative to Dorking CRC which will accept all waste, seven days a week.
· There will be no charges for wood or roofing felt. Existing charges for rubble, soil, plasterboard and tyres will continue.
· Reviewing and expanding the ‘Revive’ reuse shops.
· Introducing an £8.50 annual charge for van and trailer permits from 1 January 2020.
Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “We know that our CRC service is highly valued by residents, so we’re pleased to announce that we’re keeping our current network of sites open and not introducing any charges for wood waste.
“We are determined to create a greener future for our county. We want to help by making it as easy to recycle both at our CRCs and at home too. But we all need to take responsibility for what we’re throw away. We simply just can’t shut our bin lid and leave our rubbish for someone else to sort out.
“If we, as Surrey residents, recycled just one per cent more – at home and at CRCs, it saves the county council £230,000 a year. So if we all reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can, it helps the environment and helps reduce the cost of running the community recycling centres.”
For information about CRCs, visit surreycc.gov.uk/recycling