Cabinet confirms decision to keep Burnham Household Recycling Centre open

Burnham household waste and recycling centre (HRC) will remain open.

The overall success of the money-saving arrangements for the recycling centre service, reluctantly introduced by the County Council's Cabinet at the beginning of the year, means that the proposed permanent closure of Burnham HRC is no longer required. However the reduction in opening days will continue in line with the other sites at Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) with the site continuing to be closed on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said he was pleased that no additional permanent site closures were required.

"Back in January, these were tough changes to introduce, particularly the charges for non-household waste, and we knew they would not be popular. That said, we are on track to achieve the cost savings that I needed to make over the longer term, so I'm delighted we can keep Burnham open.

"Can I take this opportunity to remind householders that around three-quarters of all waste is still completely free to take to our recycling centres. On the chargeable waste element, we are seeing an average cost of about £8 a visit, so it's only a small extra charge on your DIY type jobs."

Despite concerns from the public, the charges haven't led to an increase in fly tipping, although this is something the Council will continue to keep a very close eye on going forward.

For up to date information on your local Household Recycling Centre go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc.

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