Recycling Centres scheduled to re-open

A message from Jeff Harris, Surrey County Councillor

Dear Residents,

I thought I would give everyone a quick update relating to Community Re-cycling Centres (CRC’s) and an announcement from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council about Green Waste Collections.

Firstly, for those who use them the Surrey County Council CRC’s will open next Monday 11th – ……..BUT

It will be phased, so at the start the re-cycling will be limited to:

Green Waste and Black bagged ‘Residual waste’…(Household waste that can’t be re-cycled).

We need to ensure we don’t adversely affect kerbside collections-which you will remember re-cycling rates are up over 25% on average across the County. (Which is great for re-cycling, but adds enormously to the burden of collections).

The other re-cycling materials we’d normally take can’t be accepted currently at our CRC’s because we’ve currently nowhere for them to go onwards from our CRC’s. For example, many of the textile and ‘White goods’ re-cycling companies are closed.

Strict Social distancing must take place to ensure everyone stays safe, and that means just one occupant leaving each vehicle at a time, and a ‘one in-one out’ policy, that I think everyone is getting used to….

People who turn up with other waste will be turned away.

To protect staff and visitors, there won’t be any ‘help’ available

There will be a Traffic Management system to ensure local residents, businesses and emergency vehicles are not adversely affected.

No vans or trailers at first.

Both Epsom and Earlswood will be open SEVEN days a week, and from 9am – 6pm, initially.

This phased re-opening in in answer to resident requests and will be reviewed site by site depending on how the processes are working.

It needs cooperation, patience and reasonableness (CPR) from everyone, as we do not want a repetition of what happened last time, with impatient and abusive people being offensive to our staff on site.

But, I’m sure you will agree – A small light at the end of the tunnel!

I’m aware that Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have announced a £20 compensation for the temporary loss of the Green Waste Collection. This will be credited to accounts and taken off the next years subscription. But, please remember, bonfires are affecting a lot of people with breathing difficulties and I’ve heard the smoke from some are drifting into stables, etc………so bin the bonfires, please.

If you have green waste and want to re-cycle it before the collections re-start, why no consider sharing a carload with a neighbour (each side and remember the 2metre rule!).

Many people will not have driven their cars for a few weeks, and may need reminding if they are going to use the Re-cycling Centres, just give the car a quick check before setting off. It’s not only embarrassing, but could be dangerous to break down when one should have noticed something was wrong before driving off……..

I’m still hearing of a lot of scams and we are all receiving ‘phishing’ e-mails on a regular basis, many specific to Covid-19.
If you receive such an e-mail, you’re not sure of, you can now forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk which is now investigating THOUSANDS of bogus companies, websites, etc, and closing them down on-line. If in doubt,
Don’t open it, and certainly don’t open any attachments. Don’t forget to put it into your ‘Junk’ folder-your computer should remember it if they try again. Don’t forget to change your passwords on a regular basis, and if you think you’ve been scammed, Don’t be afraid to ask for help-there’s loads out there, but victims tend to be too embarrassed to tell anyone……

The Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 – to assist with non-medical questions, requests for help, advice, etc is open and taking hundreds of calls each day. If you, a relative, or a neighbour need any advice-just call.

Open Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm. Bank Holiday Friday 8 May: 10am – 4pm.

Finally, remember the 20 20 rule:
20 seconds handwashing
2metres apart
0 excuses.

Protect the NHS – Protect ourselves.

With my very best wishes,

Jeff Harris
County Councillor

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