Changes at Bucks household recycling centres from 1 April

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On April 1 summer opening times come to Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centres, with closing time moving from 4pm to 6pm on every day they are open. The opening time stays the same at 9am.

Closures and charges

But this year, a range of other changes are also taking place. Of most relevance to Marlow is that a charge will be made for all ‘non-household’ waste brought to the site. This is generally material generated by construction, renovation, demolition and landscaping work, which the Council is not legally required to accept as part of its service.

Further afield – Bledlow will close, Burnham might be closed from September (may be deferred if the other cost-saving measures are shown to be effective enough) , and Chesham, Burnham and Aylesbury  sites will be closed every Wednesday and Thursday.

The word from the top

County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Bill Chapple OBE said: “Although none of the Cabinet wanted to make changes to this very popular service, it remains our responsibility to make these hard decisions on how the Council can continue to provide the essential services on which many of our more vulnerable people rely.

“The fact is that if we didn’t bring in charges for non-household waste I would be looking at permanent closure of further household recycling centres, which is not an option I wanted to take.”

“As things are, I’m confident that our household recycling centres will continue to offer an excellent service, and we’re trying our best to ensure that the changeover doesn’t cause any disruption. However, I would ask people to be patient while the changes are implemented and, as always, check the recycling centre webcams on our web pages before setting out at times such as sunny weekends which are likely to be busy.”

Find out more

Find out more about the changes at

Check the recycling centre webcams at 

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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