Household recycling centres opening hours and locations

1. Household recycling centres opening hours and locations

Opening hours

  • 1 October to 31 March: 9am to 4pm
  • 1 April to 30 September: 9am to 6pm

All sites are open 7 days a week, except for 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Recycling in your area - The waste wizard


2. Re-use options

There are lots of ways you can pass on old or unwanted items in Buckinghamshire - find out more at Recycle for Buckinghamshire.

All donated items suitable for re-use will be put up for sale in re-use shops at Aston Clinton and High Heavens centres. Funds raised will support the South Bucks Hospice, a local charity, to build and run a new hospice. Opening hours are the same as the waste centres.

Last year more than 600 tonnes of items were taken to the re-use shops. This saves them from going to waste and helped South Bucks Hospice.  

You can re-use more items than you think, find out all the items that South Bucks Hospice can re-use.

3. Find out where your waste goes

Most of the materials brought to the household recycling centres can be recycled. In 2015-16 more than 70% was recycled or composted.

It is important that the materials brought into the sites are treated properly and tracked until they have been:

  • recycled
  • composted
  • disposed of

You can see where all the materials we receive are taken to in our recycling destinations guide.


4. Access and site restrictions

You can only visit a household recycling centre in a car, van, or small trailer.

Vehicles with trailers larger than 1.2m x 1.8m may only visit;

  • Aylesbury
  • Amersham
  • Aston Clinton
  • High Wycombe

You may need an permit to visit a site if you are:

  • disposing of asbestos in any vehicle
  • using a commercial vehicle
  • on foot
  • using any vehicle with a trailer larger than 1.2m x 0.9m


Banned vehicles

For safety and capacity reasons these are not allowed into any site:

  • a vehicle with more than 4 wheels unless at a BCC Trade waste HRC
  • a vehicle weighing more than 7.5 tonnes
  • a trailer larger than 2.4m long x 1.8m wide, up to 60cm high with a cover and excluding tow bar
  • a vehicle with a tipper or tipping tail lift mechanism
  • horseboxes
  • tractors

Also banned are vehicles carrying commercial waste, unless paying separately to dispose of commercial waste


Access on foot

To ensure that the health and safety of anyone walking waste into the sites an e-permit is required.


Waste left outside the gates

Any waste left outside the gates is fly-tipping, anyone caught will be liable for prosecution.

Each site has CCTV for site security, health and safety of the public and operatives.

Sites also have automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to investigate fly-tipping and suspected traders depositing waste free of charge. The cameras also help monitor site usage and develop our services.

5. Charity and commercial waste


All charities and other voluntary/non-registered/not-for-profit organisations must contact the Environment Agency (EA) for a waste carrier licence or exemption and complete a WMC2 form.

This includes organisations such as:

  • churches
  • youth clubs
  • town and parish councils

You can view registration requirements online (via gov.uk) or by calling 08708 506 506. This will enable the EA to decide if it is appropriate to issue an exemption certificate. 

Once these details have been verified, please request a waste permit, providing this information.

Charity permits will only be issued to addresses in Buckinghamshire. Changes of address will require re-registration. Charities must show their waste carriers licence or exemption (as applicable) when disposing of waste at BCC HRCs.

Charities can only use the general household and recyclable e-permits and their restrictions.

Charities cannot dispose of any of the following items:

  • DIY
  • asbestos
  • hazardous waste (e.g. air conditioning units
  • lead acid (vehicle) batteries
  • chemicals
  • commercial fridges/freezers
  • computer monitors
  • fluorescent tube lights
  • gas bottles
  • oil
  • TVs and tyres

Charities are permitted to visit our recycling centres Monday to Friday only.


Commercial waste

We can only accept commercial waste from five of our ten household recycling centres. Please visit our Commercial Waste pages for more information


6. Acceptable waste

You can get rid of personal waste at our Household Recycling Centres

We do not accept at our recycling centres:

  • Animal bedding, carcasses and faeces
  • Materials presenting a direct contact risk
  • Tree trunks and branches thicker than 20cm and or longer than 2m
  • Flammable liquids and explosives eg. petrol / fireworks / ammunition

We do recycle at our recycling centres:

  • Batteries (eg. torch type and small rechargeable)
  • Car batteries – max. 2 per year
  • Cardboard 
  • Car tyres – max. 5 car tyres per year
  • Cooking oil
  • Engine Filters
  • Waste engine oil – max. 10 litres per year
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Hardcore (eg. bricks, rubble)
  • Household electrical goods
  • Light bulbs and Fluorescent tubes - max. 4 fluorescent tubes per year
  • Man-made wood (eg. chipboard or MDF)
  • Paper
  • Scrap metal including fridges, foil and drinks cans
  • Soil
  • Textiles and clothes
  • Wood

guide for items you can recycle in your area.

Accepted at some centres with conditions

Commercial waste

Go to our Commercial waste pages for more details.