Household recycling centres get ready for Easter
With the arrival of April, Buckinghamshire's household recycling centres moved to summer opening times, and although the sites at Burnham, Chesham, and Rabans Lane in Aylesbury are now closed every Wednesday and Thursday, all nine centres will be in operation from 9am to 6pm across the four days of the upcoming Easter weekend.
The Easter weekend can be a busy time, especially if the weather is good, so to avoid queues, visitors should check the online webcams before leaving home.
The household recycling centre service has now introduced charges for accepting non-household waste, and site staff take payment electronically using hand-held devices. This technology provides visitors with a quick and convenient transaction, but does mean that sites are unable to accept cash payment for non-household waste disposal.
Non-household waste is generally material that comes from construction, renovation and demolition work on buildings, or garden landscaping. It includes wood, plasterboard, window frames, soil and rubble, but not green garden waste, which is free. Disposal of all household waste, including non-fitted furniture and mattresses, also remains free.
"This is the time of year when we all think about getting both house and garden ready for summer", comments Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, "and although this April has seen the introduction of a number of changes at our household recycling centres such as charging for non-household waste, it's nevertheless business as usual for the service as it gets ready for one of its busiest times of the year."
"If making a visit over the long weekend, I'd ask residents to first check how busy their site is via webcam if they want to avoid a queue, and to be aware that if they are bringing non-household waste they will need to make a payment before disposing of it."
View the site webcams.