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Changes made to what you can take to Surrey's recycling centres

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Changes made to what you can take to Surrey's recycling centres

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:06pm 26th May 2020.

Recycling centres in Surrey are going to start accepting more types of waste from Monday (1 June). 

Ten sites were reopened on 11 May, but only for black bag waste and garden waste. 

From next week you will be able to take materials including wood, scrap metal, small electronics and white goods. 

The sites still will not be able to accept chargeable waste such as soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres, as staff are unable to safely process payments. 

Textiles will also not be accepted. 

The five smaller sites that are currently closed will remain shut as they cannot operate with social distancing rules- Bagshot, Caterham, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham. 

Cranleigh Recycling Centre
Cranleigh Recycling Centre will remain closed

Surrey County Council is reminding residents that social distancing must be followed at all times at the recycling centres. 

The number of people allowed on the site at any one time will be limited.

It is expected that only a quarter of cars will be able to pass through the sites, compared to the typical peak time visitor levels at this time of year.

Queues are expected and people should only visit the if it is essential. 

Residents using a van, pick-up or trailer will be able to visit the sites again from Monday but will still need a van permit, as usual.

Due to social distancing measures, staff will not be able to assist with unloading vehicles including white goods. 


Natalie Bramhall, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change has thanked residents for their cooperation:

“Thank you to all the residents who have passed through our CRCs recently for their understanding of the measures in place and for their gratitude to site staff.

"Accepting two types of waste has helped residents to clear the black bag waste and garden waste they will have been holding onto while the sites were closed.

“Following the successful re-opening of the sites, I’m pleased that we can now start to move to accepting more materials.

But that means demand to access the sites will increase while capacity on site still needs to be limited.

Please don’t come to a CRC unless you need to and be patient when queueing.”

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