Caterham Community Recycling Centre

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Opening times

  • Monday to Wednesday - 8am to 4pm
  • Thursday - closed (view the nearest Community Recycling Centre to Caterham).
  • Friday - 8am to 4pm
  • Weekends – 9am 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.
  • Access for pedestrians is available from 4pm - 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Vehicular access will not be permitted during these times. This arrangement will discontinue from 2 January 2023 and pedestrian access will resume during normal opening hours.

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

Customers requiring assistance

If you require assistance for any reason, please ask a member of staff for help.

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).

What you can bring

  • Aerosols – If empty place in with cans. If still has contents, then could potentially be hazardous. Ask a member of staff where to place them.
  • Black bag waste – sent for Energy recovery.
  • Bottle tops – sent to various charities.
  • Cans (mixed) – sent for recycling.
  • Car batteries – sent for recycling.
  • Cardboard (mixed) – sent for recycling.
  • Carpet – recycling market limited.
  • CDs, Books and DVDs – sent to various charities.
  • Cooking oil – sent for recycling.
  • Engine oil – sent for recycling (maximum of 2 x 5 litre containers accepted per visit).
  • Fluorescent tubes – sent for recycling.
  • Foil – no separate containers. Place in metal containers for recycling.
  • Furniture – if in good condition (please ask), maybe suitable for reuse in our 'Revive' shops. If not suitable, place wood-based furniture (including MDF/chipboard) into the wood container and furniture with a high metal content into the metal container. For all other furniture please seek advice on site.
  • Garden waste – sent for recycling.
  • Gas bottles – sent for recycling (separate containers).
  • Glass bottles and jars - sent for recycling.
  • Hard plastics - no current outlets for recycling (market dependant).
  • Household batteries – sent for recycling.
  • Household/Garden chemicals – need to go in Hazardous Waste containers (ask a member of staff).
  • Large electrical items (for example Fridge/Freezers) – sent for recycling.
  • Mattresses - Trial mattress recycling project. Place in separate container.
  • Metal (Ferrous/Non-ferrous) – sent for recycling.
  • Mobile phones – sent to various charities.
  • Small electrical items – sent for recycling.
  • Paint (water-based/emulsion only) - collected and transferred to Guildford paint reuse shop
  • Paper and card (mixed) – sent for recycling.
  • Plastic bottles (mixed) – sent for recycling.
  • Printer cartridges – sent to various charities.
  • Spectacles – sent to various charities.
  • Tetra Pak – (no separate carton banks provided). Tandridge District Council collect in kerbside mixed recycling collections.
  • Textile banks – sent for recycling.
  • TVs and Monitors – sent for recycling.
  • Water filters – sent for recycling.
  • Wood/Timber – sent for recycling.

What you cannot bring

  • Asbestos
  • Business waste. (The nearest Community Recycling Centre (CRC) that does is Epsom CRC).
  • Chargeable waste (for example hard-core, rubble and soil, plasterboard and tyres)
  • Petrol/Diesel – none of our CRCs have the appropriate licence to accept and store fuel.


Surrey resident scheme

This centre is now only accessible to Surrey residents. Please see details of the Surrey resident scheme.


Vans, pickups and trailers are no longer be able to access this site. The nearest alternative site is Earlswood CRC.


  • Under the Surrey Resident Scheme, you will be asked to prove that you are a Surrey resident when visiting this centre.
  • Please ensure that all children under primary school age (Year 6) and pets always remain in the vehicle. Year 7 children and above need to be accompanied by an adult.

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