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Notice: Changes At Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres Announced

Published on: 1 Nov, 2017
Updated on: 1 Nov, 2017

The Slyfield Community Recycling Centre, Guildford

Surrey County Council has announced changes at Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres.

They say that, continued cuts to their funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services means that their need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels and this year alone they need to make savings of more than £100 million.

To help to achieve this, the council is making changes to Surrey’s community recycling centre (CRC) service. The changes were decided after taking residents’ feedback into account and will enable the council to make savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service.

From December 4, 2017, there will be no free daily allowance for chargeable non-household waste, such as rubble, plasterboard and soil.

The new costs will be:

  • £5 per tyre or part tyre from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles.
  • £4 per bag or part bag of waste from construction, alteration or repair of your home and garden, such as breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, ceramic bathroom fittings like baths or cisterns, paving slabs, concrete fence posts and tiles.
  • £4 per bag or part bag or £12 per sheet of plasterboard no bigger than 120cm x 240cm.

If these materials are loose, a charge of £50 per car load will apply.

For a definitive list of chargeable non-household waste, visit

From January 8, 2018, there will be restrictions on which CRCs vans, trailers and pick-ups can be taken to and opening days at most sites will be reduced

Chargeable non-household waste can only be taken to Camberley, Chertsey, Earlswood, Epsom, Guildford, Leatherhead,
Shepperton, Witley and Woking CRCs.

Payment can only be made by credit or debit card, and will need to be made before you are given access to the chargeable waste containers.

Chargeable non-household waste can only be brought to the CRCs in a car. For large home renovation projects, the cost of hiring a skip should be factored in, as the CRCs are not designed to accept large quantities of this type of waste.

From December 4, 2017, residents may be asked to prove they live in Surrey or Hampshire before they can use Camberley CRC.

From January 8, 2018, changes to the van permit scheme will mean household waste brought in vans, pick-ups or trailers cannot be taken to Bagshot,Caterham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Farnham and Warlingham CRCs.

To take a van, trailer or pick up to Camberley, Chertsey, Earlswood, Epsom, Guildford, Leatherhead, Shepperton, Witley or Woking CRCs, residents will need a permit, which allows 12 visits per calendar year. To apply for a permit, visit

Non-household waste (such as from DIY projects) in a van will only be accepted at the waste transfer stations in Epsom, Guildford and Leatherhead.

Opening days at most CRCs will change from January 8, 2018. When they are open, you can visit between 8am and 4pm on weekdays and 9am and 4pm at weekends. The chart below shows when each site is open and closed.

They are grouped into four areas to make it easy to identify the nearest alternative site that is open. Earlswood, Shepperton, Witley and Woking CRCs will remain open seven days a week.

Full details of what can be taken to each CRC are on the SCC website.

Materials that Surrey residents can recycle at home are:

  • Paper and card
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food tins and drinks cans
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste (subscription service)

For full details of recycling services in your area, including if you have a regular collection of clothes and home textiles and small electricals from your home, visit

Surrey County Council’s CRC addresses are:

Swift Lane, Bagshot, GU19 5NJ
Wilton Road, Camberley, GU15 2QW
Chaldon Road, Caterham, CR3 5PG
Lyne Lane, Chertsey, KT16 0AR
Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh, GU6 8JX
Ranmore Road, Dorking, RH4 1TL
Horley Road, Earlswood, RH1 6PN
Blenheim Road, Epsom, KT19 9DL
Bourne Mill, Farnham, GU9 9PS
Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, GU1 1RU
Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0BA
Bond Road, Warlingham, CR6 9SD
Charlton Lane, Shepperton, TW17 8QA
Petworth Road, Witley, GU8 5QW
Martyrs Lane, Woking, GU21 5NJ

For full information on the CRC service, visit or call 03456 009 009.

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Responses to Notice: Changes At Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres Announced

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    November 1, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    What next, a list of the most popular fly-tipping sites around the country for those who for whatever reason find it difficult to read and comply with these onerous restrictions? The cost of two men with shovels, and probably a self-loading 20 tonner in full-time collection contract from each borough clearing these overflow sites, will soon outweigh the cost of the charges and alleged savings.

    Very short sighted and certainly not cost-saving considering the additional staff that will be required to collect the money (and hold up the other traffic as there is no safe place to park at Slyfield before access).

  2. Martin Elliott Reply

    November 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    A useful presentation of the information on the SCC [Surrey County Council] website, but it should have gone much further.

    Even with consultation, the logic behind each specific CRC [Community Recycling Hours] hours change has not been explained, let alone the charging regime.

    But worse, unlike what I expect from The Guildford Dragon, there is no comment on the underlying needs and policy. Like every SCC announcement, you have included the bleating that their budget this year has to “save” £100m. By their own previous admission, these changes are worth £1m this year.

    Other “big” budget stories yield savings £20m.

    I know there won’t be continuous savings, but by now SCC should have been able to tell us savings of £50m.
    Given the standards of other local media, I expect silence, but The Dragon has a different reputation.

    Why aren’t you banging on the door of county hall every time SCC issue a press statement including " We have to save £100m; with the usual simple questions – how, where, when?

    Editor’s note: This article was clearly published as a notice rather than a news article but we are always sorry to disappoint our readers. We provide a free news service and unfortunately, with the resources we have, we are simply unable to pursue every story as much as we would like although some previous new stories on this subject have been published by us.

    • Dave Middleton Reply

      November 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

      “Don’t shoot the messenger” springs to mind.

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