South Bucks recycling centres to close

After careful consideration South Bucks District Council is closing its eight recycling centres.

Unfortunately over the years the recycling centres have been a magnet for fly-tipping, littering and commercial waste which is costly to clear and should be disposed at permitted legal waste facilities, not at household waste recycling centres at the taxpayers' expense.

South Bucks District Councillor Luisa Sullivan, Portfolio Holder for Environment says: "This decision wasn't taken lightly and we apologise to anyone disappointed about the closures. Despite our best efforts to prevent this from happening unfortunately some businesses were using these sites to dispose of their waste, meaning the containers were often full to capacity and also containing contaminated recycling. The on-going management of the sites is expensive and does not represent a good use of Council Tax payers' money. Removal of the sites will provide a range of benefits, including reducing the associated fly-tipping and improving the quality of waste sent for recycling.

"I would like to remind residents that there are many established recycling alternatives for householders. We have our excellent kerbside collection service, where residents are able to recycle many materials including paper, card, plastics, bottles, cans, foil, batteries and textiles every other week, in addition to garden waste (subscription service) and food waste. We will collect reasonable amounts of extra recycling that residents leave alongside their recycling containers, which often includes large cardboard and extra paper. Further guidance about presenting extra recycling can be found on our website.

"Residents who are unsure about what and where they can take their recycling are encouraged to use the Bucks Waste Wizard on the the Waste and Recycling pages. This online service lets you put in the item you want to dispose of, enter your postcode, and get up-to-date information on whether it can be recycled and how to do it. It will also give you details of how the item should be disposed of if recycling is not possible."

Sites will begin to close next week starting on Monday 25th March. Containers and related signage will be removed, followed by a thorough clean of the area.

We will continue to monitor these sites following decommissioning, to address any fly-tipping and/or anti-social behaviour as appropriate.

Below is a list of the centres to be closed:

Beaconsfield

The Beacon Centre, Holtspur Way

Penncroft car park, Burkes Road

Waitrose (Council Hall), Penn Road

Burnham

Summers Road car park, behind the high street

Farnham Common & Farnham Royal

The Broadway Car Park, off Beaconsfield Road

Gerrards Cross

Packhorse Road Car Park

Iver

Evreham Sports Centre, off Swallow Street

High Line Yachting, Mansion Lane (no textile recycling)