Surrey Greens oppose Tory plans to cut recycling centres

Surrey County Council is consulting on proposed changes to Surrey’s community recycling centres. The Conservative-run Council says that its proposed option is to close the recycling centres in Dorking, Warlingham, Bagshot and Cranleigh, and to end the daily allowance of waste that can be disposed of for free.

The proposals include reducing opening hours at the recycling centre in Earlswood from 7 days a week to 5 days a week.

The County Council offered an option to close community recycling centres in a previous consultation in 2015, but this was rejected by residents.

Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex said:

“The Conservatives ignored residents’ views when it brought in charges to use the community recycling centres last year, and now they are planning to railroad through their plan to close vital community facilities and further extend charges too.

“These ill-advised proposals make it harder for Surrey residents to recycle their waste, when the County Council should be making it easier. Recycling saves money compared to either landfill or burning waste, so our community recycling centres are places that save the County Council money.

“Instead of making the changes it’s proposing, the Council should introduce measures that accelerate recycling both in households and at community recycling centres.

“Closing recycling centres across Surrey could mean asking residents to driver further or risk less waste being properly recycled.”

View the consultation and have your say

The consultation closes on 7 August.


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