Plan ahead for your trip to the tip

A household Recycling Centre with social distancing measures in place

Buckinghamshire Council is encouraging residents to please check their website before visiting a local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and remember to allow plenty of time for your trip.

As spring approaches and the weather improves, many of us will be spring cleaning our homes and looking to spend time in the garden – clearing leaves, planting flowers and pruning shrubs. Residents are reminded to plan ahead if they intend to visit one of Buckinghamshire’s nine HRCs, especially during busier times such as weekends.

Covid-19 measures are still in place to keep staff and visitors safe. This includes a limit on the number of vehicles unloading, fewer spaces on site as well as social distancing measures with visitors encouraged to wear masks. With this in mind, please remember to allow plenty of time as it may take longer than usual to complete your visit.

Before visiting, residents are encouraged to check the webcams online to see how busy the site is and for the quieter times to visit. All sites are currently open 9am-4pm and tend to get busier after lunch. Last entry may be before 4pm to allow those already onsite to unload their waste and exit by 4pm. Residents are asked to consider coming back at another time if the site is busy, especially if there are queues outside the site.

Cllr Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said:

“We’re committed to making sure our HRCs remain open and safe for our staff and visitors. The sites are typically quietest and best to visit mid-week, but if you have to visit at the weekend, remember the earlier the better. Please also bear in mind, three of our local sites – Aylesbury, Burnham and Chesham, are closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Spring is commonly the busiest time of the year with queues even more likely with current restrictions. Please only visit if you cannot store your waste safely and where possible, make use of the kerbside collection services available from Buckinghamshire Council. Information about our collection services and the HRCs is available on the council’s website.”

For more information visit: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk