Community Recycling Centres: Consultation
Key points –
· Surrey currently has 15 Community Recycling Centres – three options are being considered in the consultation:
1. Closing four smaller, less-used centres in Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham and increasing the number of days a week that Leatherhead, Camberley and Caterham open from six to seven. The four centres only handle around a tenth of the total waste dropped off in Surrey.
2. Closing six smaller, less-used centres at Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking, Farnham, Lyne (Chertsey) and Warlingham and investing savings into opening the remaining nine centres seven days a week while also increasing the number of staff and looking at improving facilities and technology. Less than a fifth of waste dropped off in Surrey is handled by these six with the other nine dealing with all the rest.
3. Closing the same six centres and changing the opening times at the remaining nine. Between October and March they would open for five days a week, instead of six or seven at seven of the nine centres, but avoiding closing at the most popular times. Savings would be invested in opening the centres seven days a week from April to September when opening times would also be extended into the evening where possible. In addition the number of staff would be increased and improvements to facilities and technology also considered.
· Closing four centres would save at least £500,000 a year. Closing six would save in the region of £800,000 a year.
Mr Hodge said: “The financial pressures we’re facing are so severe that we have no other choice but to look again at whether savings can be found at Community Recycling Centres. We have to consider closing some centres which are less efficient and have fewer visitors. For example, four of our smallest centres only handle around a tenth of the waste dropped off and six take less than a fifth – with the other nine dealing with all the rest.”