In April 2016 Surrey County Council introduced new procedures for disposing of waste and recycling together with charges for non-household waste. Only 12 months later they are considering even more cuts to services and are seeking residents' views. The reason for the proposed changes is that SCC needs to find a further £150M of cost savings. That's 10% of their overall budget.
The following changes are proposed:-
a) Ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste;
b) Closing Community Recycling Centres (the "Dump") on two weekdays so all sites will be open for 5 days a week;
c) Ensuring the CRCs at Farnham and Camberley are used by Surrey residents only;
d) Permanent closure of the Dorking CRC plus three others outside our immediate area; and
e) Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only.
SCC are seeking residents views on these proposals and you can visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres to leave your thoughts. The closing date for responses is 7th August 2017.
We are assured that the previous cuts and the introduction of more charges did not result in increased fly-tipping, but will these new cuts change that?