What you can bring
You can bring most household waste to our community recycling centres.
Some non-household waste, such as construction waste, can be brought to the recycling centres if it is from your own home and you are not bringing it in a van or trailer, but there may be a charge for it. Before you visit, make sure you understand what you may be required to pay under the charging scheme.
For a full list of what you can and cannot bring to the recycling centres, as well as a handy search tool, visit Surrey County Council’s website.
There are certain items that we are unable to accept, including:
- Clinical waste
- Liquid waste
- Chemical waste
- Most types of hazardous waste
If you’re not sure, please contact the site in advance to see whether your waste can be accepted under its site permit.
Visiting our community recycling centres
Some of our recycling centres operate a residents’ scheme, which means you will be asked for proof that you live in one of the 11 districts or boroughs within Surrey before you are permitted to use the site.
Vans, trailers and pick-ups are restricted to visiting our larger sites, and must have a valid van permit to enter the site. From 03 January 2020, you will be charged a non-refundable fee of £8.50 for an annual van permit. Due to this change, all existing permits will expire on 31 December 2019. For more information about the permit, how to renew and to make payment, please visit the Surrey County Council website.
Some non-household waste – such as waste from DIY or garden projects – can still be brought to site, but will be charged for. Payment must be made by Visa or MasterCard to the Charging Scheme Officer on site, before you are able to deposit your waste. Chargeable waste must be brought to site in a car and must be taken to one of our larger sites. Please visit the Surrey County Council website for full details.
Staying safe on site
Over one million people bring bulky, heavy or sharp objects to our community recycling centres every year, and you need to be aware of potential hazards.
- Drive slowly and carefully – be aware of vehicles manoeuvring and other people on site.
- Young children and pets must remain in the car.
- Don’t overload containers you’re carrying.
- Protect your back by bending your knees when you lift heavy items.
- Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes in case you drop something.
- Wear gloves to avoid cuts and scratches.
- Beware of slip and trip hazards.
- Don’t climb on any barriers.
- Ask our site staff if you need any help.
- Report any accidents or potential hazards.
Top tips for recycling at community recycling centres
- To save time at the community recycling centre, separate your waste before you visit.
- If possible, visit during weekdays when it is less busy.
- Be aware that some of the smaller community recycling centres may close briefly while we exchange containers. This has to happen for your own safety, so please be patient. We will reopen as soon as possible.
- Remember, it’s fine to bring most household waste, but it’s illegal to bring trade waste to any community recycling centre.
- If you’re coming in a van, trailer or pick-up, make sure you have a valid van permit and are visiting a site where such vehicles are permitted.