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Household recycling centres opening hours and locations

1. Household recycling centres opening hours and locations

When visiting you may expect:

  • A limit on the number of vehicles unloading 
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Only residents who pay council tax to Buckinghamshire Council can use the sites. Slough Borough Council residents are able to use Langley and Burnham sites only.
  • Sites open usual winter hours (no booking required)
  • During busy periods, especially at weekends, last entry may be before 4pm to allow those already onsite to unload their waste and exit by 4pm

Before you visit please:

  • Check the web cams online to see how busy the site is and for the quieter times to visit.
  • Only visit if you cannot store your waste or use another disposal method such as the kerbside service.
  • Bring proof of address. 
  • Only allow one person out of the vehicle unless you need help unloading waste. Staff cannot offer assistance at the moment.
  • Come back another time if the site is busy.

Find out more information about the sites and recent changes here

Opening times

All sites open 9am-6pm (Apr-Sep) and 9am-4pm (Oct-Mar). Webcams, directions, virtual tours and opening times for each site can be seen via the links below.

Sites open seven days a week:

Amersham - London Road East, HP7 9DT

Aston Clinton - College Road North, HP22 5EZ

Beaconsfield - A40 London Road, Lower Pyebushes, HP9 2XB

Buckingham  - Yonder Slade, Buckingham Industrial Park, MK18 1RZ

High Wycombe - High Heavens, Clay Lane, Booker, SL7 3DJ

Langley - Langley Park Road, SL3 6DD

Sites open five days a week, closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Aylesbury - Rabans Close, Rabans Lane, HP19 8RS 

Burnham - Crowpiece Lane, SL2 3TG

Chesham - Latimer Road, HP5 1TL 

 

 

2. Types of waste we accept

Find out what you can recycle across Buckinghamshire with the Waste Wizard

Waste accepted for a charge

The council introduced charges for non-household waste. Most waste is not charged for at the sites, but to find out what waste is non-household and what the charges are visit the Waste we charge for page.

Waste accepted with limits

  • Batteries (eg. torch type and small rechargeable)
  • Car batteries – max. 2 per year
  • Car tyres – max. 5 car tyres per year
  • Waste engine oil – max. 10 litres per year
  • Light bulbs and Fluorescent tubes - max. 4 fluorescent tubes per year

Waste accepted at specific sites only

Only Amersham, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe and Langley centres accept these wastes.

  • Asbestos
  • Plasterboard
  • Garden Chemicals

Find out more about disposing of these types of waste

Waste not accepted

  • Dead animals, carcasses and faeces
  • Large quantities of animal bedding (allow 1-2 bags per week from small domestic pets, must be double bagged).
  • Materials presenting a direct contact risk
  • Tree trunks and branches thicker than 20cm and or longer than 2m
  • Flammables and explosives eg. fireworks / ammunition

3. Waste we charge for

By law, we must accept day-to-day household waste free of charge, for example garden waste, electricals, and paper. Waste, such as landscaping, construction, or demolition waste is classed as 'non-household waste' and is expensive for us to dispose of. We are allowed by law to charge for these items to offset the cost of disposal.

Traders and businesses should still use the existing Commercial waste service.

How much will it cost?

View the full price list

Part bags will be charged as per whole. Other construction & demolition items may be liable to be charged at a similar rate as stated in the table, in line with current legislation.

How can I pay?

Before unloading your waste, please see a member of site staff who will work out how much you need to pay. Payments will be accepted via credit, debit, or pre-paid payment card only. Cash payments will not be accepted.

What waste can be charged for?

Chargeable waste is non-household waste items, which are set out in UK Environmental Law.

As a general rule, non-household waste items are materials created from the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of a home or garden. Any amount of non-household waste can be charged for, please use the price list above.

At least 80% of the waste brought to sites remains free. You are still be able to dispose of all household waste free of charge at any of the county's Household Recycling Centres. The guide below shows general categories of waste, to find out whether a specific item is chargeable, please refer to the price list.

Free to dispose of

Charge for disposal

Charges apply for some items

Garden waste Hardcore and rubble Wood and timber
Household waste Building materials inc bathroom and kitchen items Scrap metal
Furniture inc. broken up/dismantled  Plasterboard

Please refer to full price list for details

Electrical appliances Fence panels and sheds  

Paper

Soil  
Cardboard Tyres  
Carpet Windows and doors  
Mattresses  

 

Clothes & textiles    
Engine Oil    
Cooking Oil    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please refer to full price list before visiting site

Why am I being charged?

Non-household waste is expensive for us to dispose of and we are not obliged to provide residents with a disposal site for non-household waste.

We recognise that many householders carry out small projects from time to time. By applying a small charge this allows us to continue accepting these types of non-household waste.

Other ways to dispose of non-household waste

Despite the changes, residents can still bring the same types of waste to a recycling centre as they could before, but some will now incur a charge.

Many people only bring materials that do not have charges, so they should be able to use the sites unaffected. However, some alternatives are listed below. Ensure you use the SCRAP code to make sure your waste is dealt with properly.

  • Sell/donate items - Many items of waste, like bathroom suites or sheds have still got a value. They could be sold via online sites like Ebay, Facebook Marketplace or Freegle where the items can be posted for free.
  • Hire a skip - There are many sizes and varieties of skip and bag services available to hire. The charges for non-household waste in Buckinghamshire are relatively low, but can add up when doing a large project, so a skip hire maybe cheaper. Ensure your waste will be disposed of correctly by following the SCRAP code.
  • Pay a contractor to dispose of your waste - Lots of non-household waste is created when carrying out home improvement projects. Residents can ask the contractor working on their home to take away the waste with them. This may incur a charge, but may be less expensive than visiting the Household Recycling Centre. Ensure the contractor will dispose of the waste correctly and follow the SCRAP code.

 

4. Access and site restrictions

Household Recycling Centres look and feel different at the moment find out more information about the sites and common questions here

Do I need a permit?

Most people visit the sites in cars and do not need a permit to visit.  You only need a permit to visit a site if you are:

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

Vehicles not allowed

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

  • a vehicle with more than 4 wheels unless at a council 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 tail lift mechanism
  • horseboxes
  • tractors

Sites are not fitted with height barriers, but staff will turn away residents who arrive in the above vehicles.

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 business waste

Commercial waste

Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is commercial waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is commercial waste. Councils have no duty to dispose of commercial waste for free.

Businesses can use the Amersham, Aston Clinton, Beaconsfield and High Wycombe sites to dispose of their waste for a fee.  Please visit our Commercial Waste pages for more information

Charities

Charities and other voluntary/non-registered/not-for-profit organisations must dispose of their waste responsibly. Buckinghamshire Council allows these organisations based in Buckinghamshire to use household recycling centres on weekdays (Mon-Fri), but they must:

  1. Contact the Environment Agency (EA) for a waste carrier licence or exemption and complete a WMC2 form. You can view registration requirements here or by calling 03708 506 506. This will enable the EA to decide if it is appropriate to issue an exemption certificate. 
  2. Once these details have been verified, please request a waste permit, providing this information.
  3. Bring their waste carriers licence (or exemption) to the household recycling centre to show staff before depositing waste.
  4. All groups have to pay to dispose of non-household waste, visit the Charges for non-household waste page for prices

Charities cannot dispose of any of the following items:

  • asbestos
  • hazardous waste 
  • lead acid (vehicle) batteries
  • chemicals
  • any electrical items e.g. fridges/freezers, TVs & monitors, small appliances
  • light bulbs or fluorescent tube lights
  • gas bottles
  • cooking or engine oil
  • tyres

 

6. Reuse, recycling and more

Most of the materials brought to the household recycling centres can be reused, composted or recycled. In 2018-19 more than 70% was recycled or composted. You can find out what you can recycle with our Waste Wizard.

Reuse Shops

We have two reuse shops at our Aston Clinton and High Wycombe Household Recycling Centres where you can buy items to give them a second life. We collect items from all the sites across Buckinghamshire and send them to the shops for resale. The shops are run by South Bucks Hospice which means you can save old items from the bin and support a local charity. The shops stock all sorts of things, but there are always plenty of:

  • Bikes
  • Books
  • Furniture
  • Lawnmowers and more

Find your nearest shop at Aston Clinton or High Wycombe sites

Composting

We can compost all the garden waste that residents bring. Anything from grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches and other compostable garden waste. In fact, over 25% of the waste that comes to the sites is compostable garden waste. All of which we send to open windrow compost facilities in Buckinghamshire and Hampshire to be turned into compost.

Recycling

It's amazing what you can recycle at the moment and our sites have lots of separate containers on site to make recycling even easier. Whether it's paper, hairdryers, shoes or even fluorescent tubes, we can recycle them all. By recycling so much we can keep the cost of running the sites as small as possible and it's much better for the wider environment to keep using things over and over again.

Energy from Waste

Sadly we can't recycle everything, some things just need to disposed of, like nappies. In Buckinghamshire we send less than 0.1% of our waste to landfill though, as we have a purpose built Energy from Waste facility to deal with all the things we can't recycle yet. So whilst this waste won't be recycled, it will be turned into energy to help power homes and businesses. 

Landfill

A very small amount of waste still has to go to landfill. This is waste that is hazardous or not allowed to be sent to energy from waste. Asbestos for example needs to be dealt with in designated hazardous landfill sites. That means we are unlikely to ever send no waste to landfill but we are always looking for better ways to deal with the waste that local households produce.

You can see where the key materials that arrive onsite go to be recycled. Click here to see the detailed report, please note, this is subject to change.