Dear parish and town councillors,
CHANGES TO HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRES START FROM 1 APRIL
Back in January, the Cabinet took some extremely difficult decisions to safeguard the future of Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centre service against a backdrop of continually reduced funding and the need to protect other critical services.
As Cabinet Member for this area, I deeply regret having to make the required changes, but there really was no alternative if I was going to make the £1.2m savings required of me.
This is the first major change to our household recycling centres in a generation. They consistently receive some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all Council services, so we were determined to keep the changes to an absolute minimum while still achieving the necessary savings.
These changes are being introduced:
- Our sites at Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham and Chesham will close two days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays, generally the less-busy days.
- Our Bledlow site will close at the end of March with the nearest alternative sites at Aston Clinton or High Heavens in Wycombe.
- All sites will introduce charges for non-household waste items such as bags of rubble, kitchen units, fence panels etc. This brings us into line with many other authorities who charge for items that legally don’t have to be taken for free. Domestic and green waste won’t be charged for.
Details can be found online at https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.buckscc.gov.uk%2FHRC&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ce29f337957f54371888608d6a2c9fa03%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636875385704908014&sdata=4vuRRHta5lFFZSP9iMpZnVVvKsbUYPy8ejcud7mozuA%3D&reserved=0 
Since the Cabinet decisions were made, we have been busy preparing to implement the changes in time for 1 April. This is a service that most people use at some time, and I want to ensure as little disruption as possible. I know that some of the changes will take a while to get used to, but we really value your support and understanding during the transition period.
I’m committed to ensuring that the overall service continues to meet the evolving needs of Buckinghamshire’s population, and that we can continue to improve on the impressive recycling rates we already achieve.
Bill Chapple OBE
Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment
Buckinghamshire County Council