Public engagement events to be held over new materials recycling facility in Longcross

A new materials recycling facility in Longcross could process up to 100,000 tonnes of recycling from Surrey’s homes.
Surrey County Council is proposing building the new materials recycling facility next to Trumps Farm in Longcross. Picture courtesy of GoogleSurrey County Council is proposing building the new materials recycling facility next to Trumps Farm in Longcross. Picture courtesy of Google
Surrey County Council is proposing building the new materials recycling facility next to Trumps Farm in Longcross. Picture courtesy of Google

Surrey County Council is proposing building the facility next to Trumps Farm in Longcross which if approved, would process dry mixed recycling from homes in the west of the county including paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, steel and aluminium cans, before being sent off to manufacturers to turn the recycled materials into new products.

The location has been identified in the Surrey Waste Local Plan as a site that is suitable to process dry mixed recycling from households and is adjacent to a former landfill site that is also the responsibility of Surrey County Council.

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The facility would help Surrey County Council to have better control of how Surrey’s recycling is processed and to future-proof waste and recycling services to cope with Surrey’s growing population and changing legislation.

A public engagement period on the proposal runs from today (Monday, February 5) to Friday, March 1. During this time residents are encouraged to view the plans and share their views online at our virtual room available at surreymrf.exhibition.app.

Two in-person drop in events will also be held for residents to meet the project team, ask questions and provide feedback. These will take place on the following dates:

Friday, February 9 – 3pm – 7pm at Lyne Village Hall, Lyne Lane, Chertsey. KT16 0AN

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Sunday, February 11 – 10am – 2pm at Virginia Water Community Association, 3 Beechmont Avenue, Virginia Water. GU25 4EY

Natalie Bramhall, Cabinet Member for Property, Waste and Infrastructure at Surrey County Council said, “This new facility is a key part of Surrey County Council’s ambition to be one of the UK’s leaders when it comes to recycling and sustainability.

“We are proud to already be the third best performing county council in England for recycling and committed to doing even more to improve recycling rates and reduce residual waste volumes further over the next decade.

“By sorting recycling here in Surrey, we can reduce costs to the taxpayer, ensure we have a resilient recycling system in place and importantly, reduce the environmental impact of long-distance haulage required to transport materials out of the county.”

Comments received during the engagement period will inform the formal planning application which will be submitted later this year.

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