Buckinghamshire Partnerships

Bulky Waste and Re-Use

Bulky Waste and Re-Use

The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire is currently trying to increase the re-use of bulky waste items in the county which will divert the amount of waste being sent to landfill.  Approximately 1,000 tonnes of bulky waste is currently produced every year, this is the equivalent of 10 million bulky waste items. 3 million of these items could be easily re-used; more could be repaired. Re-using any item saves the energy and resources associated with manufacturing a new one, having an enormous positive impact on reducing CO2 emissions. funiture_250.jpg

What is bulky waste?

Bulky waste is waste that is too big to be collected with your normal rubbish collection. It includes bikes, furniture (sofas wardrobes, tables, chairs), appliances (refrigerators, ovens and TV’s) and plumbing fixtures (bathtubs, sinks). The majority of the bulky waste items that are suitable for reuse fall into the furniture category.

Unwanted electricals and electronics such as fridge freezers, TV’s, curling irons, kitchen appliances etc can be recycled and contain really valuable raw materials. For example, one iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans.

Items that are still in working order can be re-used through the organisations listed below. The Royal Mail have a recycling campaign called ‘Simply Drop’ for very small electricals such as cameras, mobile phones and MP3 players, find out more at Simply Drop.

For unusable items, wooden furniture and all household waste electrical items can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. A permit scheme is in place for residents wishing to deposit waste using mini buses, vans, pick ups, large trailers or on foot. The permit scheme is managed by Buckinghamshire County Council, please call 01296 387828 to find out more.

What should I do with my bulky waste item?

Depending on your type of item, there are many options of what to do with your bulky waste item. Below are some suggestions of what you can do to keep it out of landfill.Reuse Heart Textiles Toys Electricals 20140128

  • Ask friends and family if they have use for it first
  • Sell it using your local newspaper or online market place
  • Contact a local re-use organisation (please see list below)
  • Take it to be re-used at your local Household waste and recycling centre. From here it will be taken to either the Aston Clinton or High Heavens Re-Use Shops

Or you could try advertising on the web using:-

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New Re-use arrangements at Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

As part of an innovative new approach a local charity, South Bucks Hospice, has helped to transform the re-use service at the County Council’s household waste and recycling centres.  Buckinghamshire County Council will be delivering a re-use service through a local charity. 

The changes will mean that unwanted items such as push bikes, clothes and furniture that are disposed of at the recycling centre will now be sold at one of two new re-use shops at Aston Clinton and High Heavens household waste and recycling centres.  The funds raised from the selling of these items will support the local charity to build and run a new hospice.

FCC Environment, formerly known as Waste Recycling Group, took over the management and operation of the county’s recycling centres in April 2012.   Working closely with FCC Environment and South Bucks Hospice the Council has been able to roll out this radical new approach. 

Residents can take things like push bikes, clothing, electrical items, furniture, CD’s and DVD’s, tools, gardening equipment, clothing to be sold and reused at the recycling centres.

Items donated at the other eight recycling centres will be transported to the nearest recycling centre re-use shop in Buckinghamshire.

Re-use shops are open during site opening hours which are:Recycle Bikes

  • 1 April to 30 September, 9am - 6pm
  • 1 October to 31 March, 9am - 5pm

 7 days a week, except for 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Re-use shops:
High Heavens Shop, Clay Lane, Booker SL7 3DJ: 01494 535841
Aston Clinton Shop, College Riad North, HP22 5EZ: 01296 632766

Bulky Waste Collections

Alternatively you can contact your District Council and ask about their Bulky Waste Collections. Please be aware that any bulky waste collected by the District Council will be taken to landfill.

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For more information call 0845 3708090 or email Waste_Strategy@buckscc.gov.uk