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All Bucks household waste collections resume

The council say the final service stopped has started back up today.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:46pm 8th June 2020. 3-minute read.

All Bucks household waste collections resume

Buckinghamshire residents should be seeing a pre-lockdown waste collection service. 

Buckinghamshire council say they the final area of household waste collection, picking up extra bit of recycling across Aylesbury Vale, restarts from today. 

Waste collection service from peoples home were limited during the coronavirus outbreak. 

However, from today all services have been reinstated. 

This covers:

  • Refuse bin collections
  • Recycling bin collections
  • Food waste
  • Bulky waste collections
  • Green waste collections
  • Bin deliveries

Household recycling centres have also reopened across the county. 

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Bill Chapple OBE was full of praise for the efforts being made.

"Never before have we faced such disruption to our waste collection services, but I am delighted everything is now back on stream. Crews have been extremely stretched as amounts have increased by over 25%. To put that in context, that's like coping with the same increase in refuse we would normally see over a Christmas week, but every week for the last 4-5 weeks."

"As well as being grateful to our hard working crews for operating under extremely difficult circumstances, can I also thank residents who have helped out by being patient and understanding. I know many have stored non-essential waste where possible or have tried composting or reusing items - believe me, it's all helped.

"Now that all waste collection services are operational, I hope this will take the pressure off the need to visit one of our household waste sites as they are all still very busy at the moment."

As people spent more time at home the level of waste and recycling was produced, which was difficult for collection teams to keep up with. 

Allowing crews to collect items that do not fit into the recycling bin means households should be able to return to regular waste disposal however they are being asked to flatten boxes etc. 

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The collection of extra items is reserved only for recycling and general waste should remain, as it was before lockdown, to be limited to fitting in the bin.

Bill added,

"I know with so many people doing online shopping, the amount of cardboard being put out has increased. If you can't fit it all in your recycling bin, small amounts can be put out alongside and the crews will do their very best to collect that too.

"Can I also pass on the crews' appreciation for all the compliments, thank you notes and well wishes residents have passed on to them during these challenging times. These have been well received and have been a great source of motivation for all those on the front line." 

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