Surrey County Council have announced they will consider further cuts to Community Recycling Centres in an attempt to fund other public services.
7:06am 2nd August 2015
They’ve already stopped businesses using the service for free.
The council now want to close the centres between 8am and 9am as well as introduce charges for non-household waste such as rubble, plasterboard and car tyres.
Reasons for the proposed changes include a rising demand for adult social care across the county, as well as funding from central government decreasing by £30 million over the next two years.
It is important to note that no decision has yet been made, and a consultation is running until the 30th September, with the council looking for more ideas from the public to making savings up to £1.8 million.
Surrey County Council say that the centres are at their quietest times between 8am and 9am and recycling non-household waste costs Surrey taxpayers £1.3 million a year.
The council are also under pressure to fulfill their promise of providing an additional 13,000 school places in the next five years.
Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We face tough decisions because of the pressures our finances are under but whatever we do we will make sure there is a comprehensive network of centres covering the whole county.”
“People will still be able to take everyday household and garden waste to our centres free of charge.
“I would urge residents to complete the survey to give their views. We will carefully consider the feedback we get so we can make the right decisions.”