Surrey County Council still ignoring its own government by charging householders for DIY waste 

14 Jul 2023
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Surrey County Council still ignoring its own government by charging householders for DIY waste 

Back in 2018, the Surrey Lib Dems used a motion to call on the County Council to “Listen to the Government and drop the DIY charges” and the Lib Dems are again calling on the Council to do just that. 


Five years on from that motion Surrey County Council is still ignoring its own Government by continuing to charge householders who bring DIY waste to their local community recycling centre for disposal, even though the practice contravenes government policy.  

A statement published by DEFRA last month clarified that there should be a distinction made between the waste generated by a householder undertaking minor works to maintain and enhance their property and that emanating from the professional construction of buildings, demolition etc.  



The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have slammed the Conservative administration for ignoring their own Government’s demand to stop charging local residents for bringing DIY waste to local tips. 

Surrey County Council is one of the waste authorities that has been misinterpreting the regulations since 2018 and will have to change their policy but in the meantime, Surrey residents are still being penalised.   

Leader of Surrey Lib Dems, Will Forster said:  

“I don’t normally agree with a Conservative government, but for once it does seem to be on the side of normal residents. The Tory administration in Surrey decided to interpret the rules differently from some other waste authorities and will now have to admit they were wrong. It is quite clear that Surrey residents should not be subject to these charges, and it is unacceptable that the County Council is continuing to make them pay. It is a shame that they didn’t listen to us back in 2018.”  


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