Recycling & Rubbish Collections and Bonfires

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Message from Tandridge District Council

No bonfires please

There has been an increase in bonfires as people clear out their houses and gardens. Unfortunately, we are not able to ban all bonfires even temporarily, as having a bonfire is not against the law. Our key messages around this are:

Be considerate of your neighbours and don’t light bonfires to dispose of waste.
The coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.

Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.
If you are affected regularly by smoke in your home and/or garden you can report this –more information.

Community recycling centres are closed

The community recycling centres in Caterham on the Hill, Warlingham and the Earlswood depot are currently closed.
Please store any items you would normally take to a centre at home until they re-open, please don’t put them in your bins.

Please store extra waste

If you decide to have a spring clean while you’re at home, don’t put everything in the bin straight away, please wait until normal service resumes. To ensure your rubbish and recycling is collected, please don’t put items in your bins, which should be taken to a community recycling centre.

Consider giving unwanted clothes, shoes and household goods to charity shops when they re-open.
Do not leave anything outside closed charity shops as this is fly tipping, which is illegal dumping and a crime.

Don’t flytip waste

Options for disposing of your waste are reduced now, but don’t be tempted to dispose of your waste elsewhere, this is flytipping.
Flytipping is against the law and those convicted face fines of up to £50,000 or up to five years’ imprisonment, as well as other potential penalties.

Rubbish and recycling

Unlike many other councils, which have suspended some services, we have managed to maintain our rubbish and recycling service. There will be more waste generated after Easter, so collections may take longer. All collections will return to their usual days from Tuesday 21 April. More details:

Easter bank holiday collections

Recycling and rubbish collections will change following the bank holidays over Easter.

Usual collection day Holiday collection day
Friday 10 April Tuesday 14 April
Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April
Wednesday 15 April Thursday 16 April
Thursday 16 April Friday 17 April
Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April

From Tuesday 21 April your recycling and rubbish will be collected on your normal day.

Garden waste collections

Garden waste collections due on Good Friday 10 April will be delayed until Saturday 11 April. Collections due on Easter Monday 13 April and during that week will be one day late. Check your Green Waste Club calendar for scheduled collections at or call the helpline on 0800 0858 286.

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