Household recycling centres

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. 

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Last updated: 18 August 2020

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