Shaping Surrey's community recycling centres (CRCs)

Closes 4 Jan 2019

Opened 30 Oct 2018


The following changes are proposed to the CRC service:

1. Permanently closing a number of smaller, less effective CRCs, whilst increasing the opening hours at some CRCs. The sites under consideration for closure are: Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking, Farnham, Lyne (Chertsey) and Warlingham.

2. Introducing a charge to dispose of construction wood and roofing felt.

3. Increasing the cost of disposing of items we already charge for.

4. Charging an annual application fee for van, pickup and trailer permits.

More information on these proposals can be found in the survey and the consultation document below.

Please have your say on these proposals by completing the survey in the 'Have your say' link at the bottom of this page.

This consultation closes at 11:59 PM on Friday 4 January 2019.

Also at the bottom of this page you will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for this consultation, more information on Surrey's CRCs and links to other related consultations that form part of the councils transformation programme.

If you require the survey in another format such as large print, please call us on 03456 009 009 or text 07860 053 465 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm).

Why We Are Consulting

Like most councils across the country we’re facing massive financial challenges. Rising demand for services – particularly those supporting children, older people and our most vulnerable residents – and reducing government grant means we need to make some very difficult decisions about the way we deliver services across Surrey.

We have worked hard over the past few years to find savings in areas which will have the least impact on residents - such as modernising our support services, using technology more effectively and being more joined up – and since 2010 we’ve saved £540 million.

But over the next year we need to save a further £85 million to make sure we’re financially robust, able to meet the future with confidence and can deliver the best possible services to the people who need them most.

This means we will have to stop providing some services we know Surrey people value and rely on. We’re committed to doing this as honestly and openly as possible and we will be consulting residents, partners and businesses to get their views on a range of proposals and options for the future of these services.

One of the areas where we will need to make some difficult decisions and changes is to our Community Recycling Centres (CRCs).

We have looked at the following principles when considering the changes we could make:

• The location of CRCs including how close they are to other CRCs and highly populated areas.

• How much waste is managed at each CRC.

• The running costs of CRCs and how easy they are for residents to get into and use, including having containers you can reach without steps.

• Each CRC’s ability to cope with more waste and visitors and longer opening hours.

• Focussing the CRC service on recycling household waste and reusable materials.

The introduction of the proposed changes listed above will help the council to re-focus its attention and resources on the most critical priorities and services while maintaining a comprehensive countywide network of CRCs that also provides value for money.

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