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Charges for some non-household waste at our recycling centres

From 4 December 2017 there will be no free daily allowance of waste from the construction, alteration or repair of your home.

If you take non-household waste – such as DIY/construction waste (there is no longer a free allowance) and tyres – to Surrey's community recycling centres (CRCs).you will need to pay. All other types of household waste can still be taken to CRCs for free.

Charges for some non-household wasteWhat are the charges for?

The charges are for:

  1. Tyres from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles (including non-motorised vehicles and trailers pulled by a motorised vehicle): £5 per tyre or part tyre. However bicycle tyres will be accepted free of charge.
  2. Waste from construction, alteration or repair of your home and garden including:
    • Breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, ceramic bathroom fittings, tiles: £4 per bag or part bag of this waste (Bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm)
    • Concrete fence post, ceramic bath, cistern, paving slab: £4 per item
    • Plasterboard: £4 per bag or part bag or per sheet of this waste (Bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm and sheets no bigger than 120cm x 240cm). From 4 December 2017 the cost per sheet of plasterboard will increase to £12.

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

All of the above charges are inclusive of VAT.

The decision of site staff is final.

Payment can only be made by Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards. Cash, cheques and other credit cards such as American Express or Diners Club cannot be accepted. Payment will need to be made to the Charging Scheme Officer at the site entrance before you are given access to the chargeable containers.

What can be taken to CRCs for free?

Most other general household waste can still be taken to CRCs for free in a car, including:

  • Garden waste such as grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs, small branches, plants, flowers, leaves and weeds. Make sure you don't take Japanese Knotweed to a recycling centre, as it can't be accepted. This is an invasive plant and must be safely disposed of at an appropriately licensed landfill site. See Government guidance for more details. Please be aware that soil, rubble and stones are part of the charging scheme.
  • Clothes and home textiles
  • Scrap metal
  • Carpets
  • Furniture
  • Electricals including white goods.
  • Wood from DIY projects such as doors, flooring, sheds, fencing and posts.
  • Kitchens cabinets, fitted wardrobes.

If you take waste to any of our sites in a van, pickup or trailer you will require a van permit.

Please be aware you cannot bring the following types of waste to our CRCs in a van:

  • Soil, rubble, stones and plasterboard
  • Wood from DIY projects such as doors, flooring, sheds, fencing and posts
  • Kitchens cabinets, fitted wardrobes

Which CRCs accept charging scheme waste?

Nearest alternative charging scheme CRC(s)

If you take chargeable waste to any of the remaining six CRCs listed below, you will be redirected to one of the nearest sites above.

CRCs not accepting charging scheme waste Nearest alternative CRC accepting charging scheme waste

Bond Road, Warlingham

Horley Road, Earlswood, RH1 6PN

Bourne Mill, Farnham

Petworth Road, Witley, GU8 5QW

Chaldon Road, Caterham

Horley Road, Earlswood, RH1 6PN

Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh

Petworth Road, Witley, GU8 5QW

Ranmore Road, Dorking

Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0BA
Swift Lane, Bagshot Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, GU1 1RU or Martyrs Lane, Woking GU21 5NJ

You can only bring charging scheme waste to the CRCs in a car. If you are bringing charging scheme waste in a van, pickup or trailer you must take it to any of the waste transfer stations located at Guildford, Epsom or Leatherhead to be weighed and charged for.

Do I have to use a CRC for chargeable waste?

No. CRCs are not designed to accept large quantities of this type of waste. For large home or garden renovation projects please consider factoring in the cost of hiring a skip or using a commercial waste contractor to dispose of such waste. Details of local companies who deal with this type of waste can be found by searching online or in local directories. It is important to always check that any contractor you hire to dispose of your waste is a registered waste carrier to avoid your waste being fly-tipped.

Why were charges introduced?

Increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced Government funding, means Surrey County Council (SCC) needs to reduce its spending in other areas. The council is required to provide a place for residents in its area to deposit their household waste free of charge. However there are some types of waste that are not classified as household waste, and therefore we are not legally obliged to accept them free of charge.

Therefore, from 1 September 2016 charges were introduced for some non-household waste at the nine community recycling centres (CRCs) that accept these types of waste. These charges are intended to help SCC achieve critical savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service for its residents.

Will these charges increase fly-tipping?

Other councils have not seen any increase in fly-tipping as a result of charges for non-household waste at their CRCs. Visit the Recycle for Surrey website for more information about tackling fly-tipping.

For more information please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

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