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Construction waste (including home DIY)

Please be advised our advice for this material is different for households and businesses.

Advice for households

Waste from construction works, including home DIY, is not classified as household waste and the council does not have to accept this type of waste free of charge. Due to increasing pressure on council finances, Surrey County Council has found it necessary to change the way this type of waste is accepted at its Community Recycling Centres (CRCs)

There are now two categories of construction waste: chargeable and non chargeable.

It should be noted that any type of DIY or construction waste is not accepted in a van, even if you have a valid van permit.

Chargeable construction waste

Disposal charges for the following types of waste are now in place. Find out more about these charges.

  • Bricks, rocks, stones, cement, concrete and hard core (rubble)
  • Garden stone and paving, concrete posts, concrete panels and concrete sheds
  • Tiles, ceramics (includes sinks, toilets and shower trays)
  • Earth, soils including turfs
  • Plasterboard and room partitions

If you wish to bring chargeable construction waste in to one of our CRCs, this type of waste can now only be accepted at the following sites:

It will not be accepted at the remaining seven CRCs:

CRCs that won't accept chargeable waste Nearest alternative site(s) that will accept chargeable waste
Bond Road, Warlingham Horley Road, Earlswood
Bourne Mill, Farnham Petworth Road, Witley or Wilton Road, Camberley
Chaldon Road, Caterham Horley Road, Earlswood
Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh Petworth Road, Witley
Ranmore Road, Dorking Randalls Road, Leatherhead
Swift Lane, Bagshot Wilton Road, Camberley

Non-chargeable construction waste

We have a strict policy for non chargeable construction waste brought to our recycling centres.

To help residents, our centres will accept small amounts of non chargeable construction waste such as:

  • Baths
  • Fitted kitchen cupboards and work surfaces
  • Timber; including panels, posts and other timber used in DIY projects
  • Internal and external doors
  • Radiators
  • Fitted units
  • Rigid plastic sheeting or roofing felt
  • Insulation
  • Flooring (excluding ceramic or stone - see chargeable construction waste above)

This waste must:

  • be from your own home
  • fit in your car

Site staff will monitor the disposal of non chargeable construction waste. If the number of visits being made, and therefore the amount of waste being deposited, exceeds what would reasonably be defined as a small amount, site staff may challenge you and redirect you to a waste transfer station where the waste will be weighed and charged. A limit on the number of visits where non chargeable construction waste can be disposed of free of charge may thereafter be imposed.

For large home renovation projects please consider factoring in the cost of hiring a skip to dispose of your waste. Our sites are not designed to accept large quantities of this type of waste.

Similarly if you bring any type of construction waste to one of our Community Recycling Centres in a van, pick-up or trailer, you will be redirected to a waste transfer stationwhere your waste will be weighed and a charge made.

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Advice for businesses

It is illegal to dispose of business waste through facilities provided for householders, including household kerbside collection bins, street bins, recycling banks or recycling centres. For information on handling and disposing of business waste see our business waste page.

A recycling service provider will assist you in recycling your waste. Ensure they are a registered waste carrier who can collect, recycle or dispose of your waste in a compliant way. See our business waste solutions for more advice.

Construction Industry websites

WRAP provides tools and guidance on managing waste in the construction sector.

SECBE (South East Centre for the Built Environment) provides advice on managing and reusing construction and demolition waste.

The Environment Agency gives advice and guidance for preventing pollution, managing waste and resources sustainably on construction, demolition and excavation sites.