Earlswood Community Recycling Centre

All Ground works: Drainage/services (electric, water, telecommunications), construction of car parks and roads.

The enlarged depot, in Horley Road, Earlswood, will be able to bulk, store and transfer up to 110,000 tonnes of waste a year as well as host a water tank to collect rainwater. The proposed enlarged site will also offer improved parking for refuse vehicles, a furniture re-use store and a better road system within the site.

It will mean food waste and rubbish collected from Reigate & Banstead will no longer have to be taken to another site.

Councillor Allen Kay, executive member for recycling and street services at the local authority, said: “We’re really pleased the plans have been given the green light.

“Redevelopment of the depot is a joint venture between Surrey County Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and SITA Surrey.

“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.”

The issue of traffic was also raised, during the debate at County Hall, in Kingston, with the enlarged depot expected to lead to extra lorry movements.

Councillor Jonathan Essex said the extra movements would be focused along the A23.

“The A23 features a crossing point for golfers and the report refers not to major but to a number of minor traffic accidents,” he said. “As a cyclist I would be concerned if this was to significantly impact the safety for either being a non-car motorised vehicle or trying to cross at those locations.

“There isn’t currently a cycle path on the A23 but a number of people do use it.”