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Some Bucks tips re-open with restrictions in force

Five of the nine household waste sites in Buckinghamshire will be back up and running following lockdown.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:42pm 5th May 2020. (Updated at 1:54pm 5th May 2020) 4-minute read.

Some Bucks tips re-open with restrictions in force

Social distancing rules will be in force when some of Buckinghamshire's tips reopen on Wednesday morning.

Five of the nine sites are re-opening tomorrow (6/5):

  • 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

Their opening hours are 9am-6pm.

But the other four remain closed, after all sites shut because of lockdown.

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Those are:

  • Aylesbury - Rabans Close, Rabans Lane, HP19 8RS 
  • Burnham - Crowpiece Lane, SL2 3TG 
  • Chesham - Latimer Road, HP5 1TL 
  • Langley - Langley Park Road, SL3 6DD

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If you do want to visit the tip, the following restrictions are in place:

  • You should only visit the site if you cannot safely store your waste at home.
  • Residents will be asked for their proof of address. Only Buckinghamshire residents will be allowed to use the sites.
  • There will be limits on the number of vehicles allowed on site to allow for social distancing. There may be delays accessing the site and possibly queues outside of the site.
  • Social distancing measures are now in place, this also means no assistance for unloading can be provided.
  • The permit system is still in place, but trailers will not be accepted at sites for the time being.
  • Residents who are over 70 or shielding themselves, showing COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating should not visit Household Recycling Centres as per Public Health England guidance.
  • Only one person per vehicle where possible.

There is more on waste collections during the crisis on the Buckinghamshire Council website.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said:

"The decision to reopen the recycling centres has been taken after listening to residents' concerns on extra waste accumulation during the lockdown period. We want to ensure that people who have been struggling to manage their waste are able to dispose of it properly.

"However, I must warn visitors who do feel that a trip is essential that their visit will be different from normal due to the measures we are putting in place to protect both visitors and our staff. I would also stress that we are only open for residents of Buckinghamshire and will be asking visitors for identification to prove their address.

"As part of the need to ensure social distancing, we have had to limit the number of visitors on site at any one time, so long queues to access the site are likely. I'd ask people to bear in mind that the five sites that are reopening will be open from 9 am to 6 pm seven days a week, so it isn't necessary to rush there at the first opportunity.

"Staff will be on hand to ensure that the social distancing guidelines are adhered to, therefore we urge all visitors to be patient and leave plenty of time for their visit.

"Fly tipping is a crime. Buckinghamshire Council takes a zero tolerance approach to fly tipping and will prosecute wherever possible. However, there has been some concern amongst residents that the closure of the recycling centres has led some people to either fly tip or hire unlicensed individuals to take away their rubbish. With the reopening of five sites, it means that anyone with accumulated waste that cannot safely be stored can now dispose of it properly."

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