Our local dump/tip up at Booker, or as it is properly known “High Heavens household recycling centre” (HRC) has been declared one of the top three in the country in a national competition.
The site was a finalist in the Let’s Recycle Awards for Excellence Civic Amenity Site category, which is open to entries from HRCs across the country, and was honoured with being in the top three shortlisted nationally.
The judges were impressed by the layout and facilities at the site, with clear signage and traffic controls which make it especially easy and convenient for residents to dispose of 25 different types of waste in one place. There is excellent management of the waste to prevent mixing and contamination to ensure that as much material gets recycled as possible:
- Only one type of waste out of the 25 – asbestos – goes into landfill.
- Three quarters of the total material brought to the site is composted or recycled
- Almost all of the rest goes for processing at the Greatmoor energy from waste facility.
Also key to the nomination was the strength of the team-work shown at the site, allowing staff to quickly and effectively manage the unexpected incidents that occur at any large and busy public amenity site.
Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Bill Chapple OBE said: “It’s an outstanding achievement for High Heavens household recycling centre to be judged one of the three best such sites in the country, and my personal congratulations go to the team there who work so hard to make sure that every visitor stays safe and gets the best from the site.