Autumn sees changes to Household Recycling Centres

As autumn arrives once more, there are some changes being made to Buckinghamshire County Council’s Household Recycling Centre service.

As is usual, winter opening times at the Household Recycling Centres come into force on 1st October, and this year the winter opening times will be 9am to 4pm every day. This earlier winter closing time makes the service more cost-effective, as winter evenings are the least popular time for people to visit their Centre.

Since 2006, for some visits to the Recycling Centre – for instance when using a commercial vehicle or large trailer – you have to obtain a free permit. To make the permit system faster, more convenient and cost-efficient, it’s now going fully digital, which means that instead of waiting for your permit to arrive in the post, you can immediately present your permit code to Recycling Centre staff using your mobile device, or take along a print out if you prefer.

Lastly, we’re phasing out the old name ‘Household Waste and Recycling Centre’ in favour of ‘Household Recycling Centre’. This doesn’t make any difference to the types of material you can take along, but it does emphasise the most important role of the centres: helping to further improve recycling rates in Buckinghamshire, which are already well above the national average.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Warren Whyte said: “These changes reflect our drive towards efficiency in our waste services, while at the same time making the permit system faster and more convenient for users. The renaming of Household Recycling Centres marks our ongoing commitment to achieving the best environmental outcomes possible in Bucks through recycling, re-using and reducing our overall consumption.”