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High Heavens Household Recycling Centre amongst the best in the country

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The household recycling centre at High Heavens.

The High Heavens Household Recycling Centre was recently shortlisted as a finalist at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The High Heavens Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Clay Lane, Marlow was shortlisted as one of the top three in the country in the Civic Amenity Site category at the 2018 Let’s Recycle Awards for Excellence which were held at The Landmark Hotel  in Marylebone, London on Thursday 10th May 2018.

The competition was open to entries from HRCs across the country. At the awards ceremony the winner in the Civic Amenity Site category was declared to be Ivybridge Household Waste Recycling Centre which is managed by Devon County Council.

The judges were impressed by the layout and facilities at the High Heavens site, with clear signage and traffic controls which make it especially easy and convenient for residents to dispose of 25 different types of waste in one place. There was also found to be excellent management of the waste to prevent mixing and contamination to ensure that as much material gets recycled as possible.

Of the 25 different types of waste handled at the HRC only asbestos goes into landfill. Three quarters of the total material brought to the site is composted or recycled and almost all of the rest goes for processing at the Greatmoor energy from waste facility.

Also key to the nomination was the strength of the team-work shown at the site, allowing staff to quickly and effectively manage the unexpected incidents that occur at any large and busy public amenity site.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Bill Chapple OBE said: ‘It’s an outstanding achievement for High Heavens household recycling centre to be judged one of the three best such sites in the country, and my personal congratulations go to the team there who work so hard to make sure that every visitor stays safe and gets the best from the site.

When asked a few months ago, visitors across all of our household recycling centres gave staff a 99% customer satisfaction rating, showing that staff provide an equally excellent service at all ten of the county’s sites.

High Heavens HRC, together with Buckinghamshire County Council’s other HRCs, is managed by partners FCC Environment.

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