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Caterham Community Recycling Centre

Coronavirus - Community Recycling Centres update

Most of Surrey's Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) have reopened to accept a wider range of items.

We will be opening Caterham CRC on 3 July and Cranleigh CRC on 4 July. Caterham will be able to accept black bag and green waste, while Cranleigh will only accept green waste for the time being. Both sites will operate with their normal opening hours and days.

From Monday 1 June, more items will be accepted

Residents can take batteries, black bag waste, bulky waste, cardboard, gas bottles, green waste, hazardous waste, scrap metal, small electronics, white goods, and wood.

The CRCs are unable to accept asbestos, chargeable waste (soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres), and textiles at present.

Residents using a van, pick-up or trailer can use the sites again, but will still need a valid van permit, as usual. Hire vehicles must have vehicle hire documentation clearly displayed in the windscreen. No vans, pick-ups or trailers will be allowed access onto the Caterham, Cranleigh and Farnham CRCs.

The number of people allowed on site at one time are limited and there are revised opening hours.

Residents should only use the CRCs if they absolutely need to, and must check for the latest information before they travel, as these arrangements are subject to change. Please see individual site information for further details.

We are planning to open Bagshot, Dorking and Warlingham in early August and will provide more information nearer the time.

Site Rules

  • Only black bag and green waste will be accepted at this CRC.
  • Staff and visitors must adhere to the 2m social distancing rules at all times. There will be clearly marked walkways and only one person will be able to be on the gantries to access the containers at any time.
  • People must remain in their vehicle whilst queuing.
  • Site staff will not be able to help you move your waste, so please only bring what you can safely carry.
  • You must not come to the site if you are self-isolating because you or a member of your household has or has had symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you or anyone in your household has had COVID-19 symptoms, your waste must be double bagged and only brought to the site after being left for 72 hours.
  • These site rules apply to all residents visiting any of our CRCs at all times.


Opening times

  • Monday to Wednesday - 8am to 4pm
  • Thursday - closed (view the nearest Community Recycling Centre to Caterham).
  • Friday - 8am to 4pm
  • Weekends – 8am to 4pm
  • The centre is open as usual on Bank Holidays with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day when the centre is closed

The centre can close for up to 30 minutes during the day while full containers are exchanged and waste compacted. View your nearest CRC alternative when Caterham is closed.


Contact details

  • Address: Chaldon Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5PG
  • Telephone: 01883 343605 (If this number is busy or switches over to the fax, please try again later or contact SUEZ Surrey on 020 8329 1030).

Pedestrians cannot walk into this centre.


What you can bring

Only black bag and green waste will be accepted at this CRC.

The limited number of waste materials accepted at these smaller sites will allow residents to dispose of the largest volume waste types, while maintaining social distancing for the safety of residents and site staff. Residents who need to dispose of other types of waste will need to go to one of the 10 larger sites that are currently accepting more types of waste. More information is available on our website.

Residents are asked to hold onto other materials they need to take to CRCs, such as asbestos, chargeable waste (soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres), and textiles. The intention is to move to a further reopening phase after a few weeks when the full range of materials can be accepted, but only when it is safe to do. We will continue to only allow reduced numbers on sites to maintain social distancing.

No other waste can be accepted at this time, and the reuse shops are staying closed


We ask that you bear with us whilst operation of this restricted service gets underway. We do anticipate that there may be significant demand in the first few days, and you may be asked to leave and come back at a later date.

Please treat site staff with respect and consideration during this challenging period.