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Buckinghamshire Council thanks residents during first day of Household Recycling Centres reopening

| May 7, 2020
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A waiting time sign at a Household Recycling Centre in Buckinghamshire. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

Buckinghamshire Council has thanked residents during the first day of the Household Recycling Centres reopening.

Since re-opening at 9.00am on Wednesday 5th May 2020 the sites at Buckingham, Aston Clinton, Amersham, Beaconsfield and High Heavens in Wycombe have been extremely busy.

The Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Bill Chapple OBE, said he wanted to thank all those who visited for playing their part. Bill said: ‘We pulled out all the stops to get these five sites open and we knew today would be massively busy with people bringing in their essential waste. As expected, traffic queues have built up but Bucks residents have played their part by being considerate, bringing their proof of ID and adhering to the revised site layouts.

We know things at the five sites will be busy for the foreseeable future, so I hope people will bear with us. My main plea to residents is to consider whether they can wait a few days or longer before visiting their nearest site. The more we can stagger waste coming in, the less traffic queues and the easier it will be for everyone.

These five sites are back up and running as they were, being open from 9.00am to 6.00pm, seven days a week. That means there’s plenty of time to visit over the coming weeks if you can possibly wait.

Our other sites at Langley, Burnham, Chesham and Rabans Lane, Aylesbury remain closed for the time being. Once we are confident we can operate revised measures effectively at these sites, they will reopen too.

I’d also like to add my thanks to all the Buckinghamshire Council staff, together with staff from our site operators, FCC Environment, for all they have done to get these sites open so quickly for our residents.

The advice from Buckinghamshire Council for anyone attending one of the five Household Recycling Centres is:

  • Do not visit unless you absolutely have to. Residents should only bring waste that cannot be stored safely without causing risk of injury or harm to health. This may vary from household to household, so residents will need to judge for themselves if it’s absolutely essential to make the journey.
  • Only Buckinghamshire residents will be allowed to use the sites and ID with proof of address will be needed.
  • The number of vehicles on site will be limited, so there are likely to be delays in accessing the site and possibly queues outside.
  • Give yourself plenty of time for your visit. Just like supermarkets, we will limit people on site and this will mean it will take longer.
  • To keep staff and visitors to the sites safe, social distancing measures are in place and must be strictly observed.
  • Charges for non-household waste will still apply as normal and only card payments will be accepted.

Buckinghamshire Council area advising anyone who does decide to attend one of the Household Recycling Centres to check the Buckinghamshire Council website before setting off at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/bin-collection-recycling-and-waste/.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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