Traffic control measures allow last four Bucks recycling centres to reopen this Friday

Four Buckinghamshire household recycling centres that have remained closed since the coronavirus lockdown was enforced are set to reopen this week with traffic measures in place to manage queues at busy times.

The sites at Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham, Chesham and Langley will reopen on Friday 29 May, which will mean that from that date all nine of the county’s recycling centres will once again be open. Residents still need to carefully consider whether their trip is essential and only visit these sites if they cannot store their waste or dispose of it in another responsible way. These four sites will resume their normal summer opening times, that’s 9am to 6pm. Langley is open seven days a week and the other three sites are open every day except Wednesday and Thursday.

The number of people allowed to visit any site at one time has to be limited to ensure social distancing, so queues will build up during busy times. In the case of the four sites that are set to reopen on Friday, the local road layout means queues would be likely to affect the flow of traffic near the sites and potentially be a safety risk to other road users. To alleviate this, traffic control measures are being put in place by Transport for Buckinghamshire around each site:

Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) – Temporary parking restrictions will be in force on Rabans Close to stop queues blocking the road

Burnham – Residents can only access the site via Walton Lane. When exiting the site residents must use Crow Piece Lane or Allerds Road. Diversion signs will be in place.

Chesham – Temporary stop/go traffic management will be in place on Latimer Road to keep traffic flowing. If the site is full, residents should visit at a quieter time. Please do not queue on Latimer Road.

Langley – Residents can only access the site from north end of Trenches Lane. There is no access to the site from the B470 (Langley Park Road). Diversion signs will be in place.

Residents are asked:

  • Carefully consider whether the trip is essential. Only visit if the waste cannot be stored or disposed of via a registered waste contractor.
  • Bring proof of address. Only Buckinghamshire residents will be allowed entry, though Burnham and Langley sites will also admit residents of Slough, who must also bring proof of address.
  • Check waiting times online to avoid busiest times.
  • Don’t arrive before the sites open – a queue makes it difficult for site staff to get to work and open on time.
  • Remember social distancing measures are now in place, which also means no assistance for unloading can be provided.
  • Don’t bring a trailer. The permit system is still in place, but trailers will not be accepted at any site.
  • That only one person gets out of the vehicle whilst on site.
  • Remember that non-household waste will be charged for in the usual way.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: “I’m really pleased to announce the reopening of the remaining four of our household recycling centres this Friday (29 May), giving residents more options if they have waste that really can’t be stored for the time being.

“I thank people who have been visiting the five sites already open for their care in observing the social distancing measures. Part of this is that we can only allow a few people to be inside the site at any one time, so there are queues at busy times. With the four sites reopening this Friday, the road layout near each sites means that queues would cause traffic problems, so we’re bringing in traffic controls to help prevent this. I would ask for people’s patience with these new controls, which are there to make it easier and safer for both recycling centre visitors and others using these roads.”

Road plans of the traffic control measures at each site can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website: