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Over 1,600 sign petition against wood charges at Surrey tips

Over 1,600 sign petition against wood charges at Surrey tips

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:00am 15th May 2019. (Updated at 11:06am 15th May 2019)

Over 1,600 people have signed a petition calling on Surrey County Council to scrap future plans to charge the public for disposing of wood waste at recycling centres in the county.

From June 3, residents will have to pay to take 'construction wood' to the tip. This includes things like sheds, fence posts and even kitchen units and fitted wardrobes.

The council's cabinet agreed on the changes following a public consultation which took place from October 30 2018 to January 4 2019.

Tim Harding, who lives in Dorking, isn't happy with the plans though and recently set up a petition against them.

As a keen walker and cyclist, he says he has seen an increase in the amount of fly tipping around Surrey's countrysides in recent years and fears this will get worse if people are charged to recycle wood waste.

Mr Harding told Eagle: "My worry is that members of the public will now be tempted to offload their wood and other chargeable items due to the cost being implemented.

"I understand that the councils are under pressure to save money now, however I think that the cost of potentially having to reclaim fly tipping has to be looked at. I think it's only going to get worse."

What construction wood will we be charged to recycle from June 3?

According to Surrey County Council, residents will have to pay to recycle the following wooden items:

  • Wood from a shed or other wooden garden structure
  • Doors
  • Floor boards and joists
  • Laminate flooring
  • Decking
  • Built in furniture such as wardrobes and kitchen cupboards
  • Worktops
  • Wooden fence panels and posts.

How much will it cost?

Single item - £4

1 bag or part bag (bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm) - £4

Loose car load - £30

Recycling centre
Cranleigh Community Recycling Centre

The costs will apply to all community recycling centres in the county.

Having only been set up under a week ago, Mr Harding's petition has gained traction quickly.

He added: "I'm really pleased that members of the public are feeling similar to myself.

"I would like to stress that this is really about stopping fly tipping and pollution, rather than we just an't be bothered to pay the money.

"We want to cut down on the increase on illegal fly tipping and pollution and contamination of our countryside."

In response to a request for comment, a Surrey County Council spokesman said:

"These changes are all about helping us continue to provide a comprehensive and sustainable recycling service.

"We know that the CRC service is highly valued and that residents want all 15 sites to stay open.

There are already charges for materials like bricks and rubble and extending the charges to construction wood waste and roofing felt will help us continue to provide an effective service for residents."

Mr Harding's petition can be found on the Surrey County Council website.



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