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.