9th January 2014

Earlswood depot redevelopment plans approved

Surrey County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee yesterday approved SITA Surrey’s planning application to redevelop and extend the Reigate & Banstead depot off the A23 at Earlswood.

The plans provide improved depot facilities for Reigate & Banstead Borough Council together with a new facility to handle recyclables and rubbish collected from households in the borough and neighbouring Tandridge. The redevelopment is a joint project between Surrey County Council, its contractor SITA Surrey and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, and is part of a commitment by Surrey’s councils to work together to reduce the impact of the county’s waste on the environment.

At present, Reigate & Banstead’s recyclables are handled at the depot but food waste and rubbish collected from households in the borough are taken to another site. The new facility will provide space to handle all of the materials collected from households in one location before they are taken elsewhere for processing.

SITA Surrey project manager Beverly Sheridan said:

“We are delighted that the plans have been approved. We’ll now get on with the task of delivering this important new facility that will support householders recycling efforts and help to divert rubbish from landfill. We expect to start construction over the summer”

John Furey, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment, said:

“Improving Surrey’s environment and giving taxpayers value for money are core to what we do, and redeveloping a bigger and better Earlswood depot will enable greater efficiencies and increased value out of recycling.”

Allen Kay, Reigate & Banstead Executive Member for Recycling and Street Services said:

“We’re really pleased the plans have been given the green light. Our new recycling service has led to a considerable increase in the amount our residents recycle. So that we can continue to increase recycling even further, reduce landfill and maximise the value of recycling and waste produced by residents, it’s important we have the right infrastructure.

“We will continue to work with Surrey County Council and SITA to ensure any concerns residents may have are answered.”

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