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Buckinghamshire’s Reuse Revolution picks up pace as 500 tonnes are donated

Buckinghamshire Council and its waste and recycling partner FCC Environment have issued a thank you to all of the residents who have been involved in the ‘Bucks Reuse Revolution’ by donating their preloved items.

Since 1 January 2021, over 500 tonnes worth of items for reuse have been donated at the nine household recycling centres across the county – that is the same weight as 2 Statues of Liberty!

Gemma Green, FCC Environments’ Buckinghamshire Waste Awareness & Education Manager, said:

“Despite all the challenges from the pandemic, this result shows that we have collected 84 tonnes more than was collected during the 2020 calendar year.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment, especially as we are only part way through this year and the reuse shops were forced to close for three months due to the pandemic.”

Whilst items can be donated at any of the recycling centres across Buckinghamshire, pre-loved bargains can be picked up at the two reuse shops which are located at the Aston Clinton and High Wycombe household recycling centres. Proceeds from the shops benefit South Bucks Hospice at Butterfly House, a leading community resource which supports patients living with life-limiting or life threatening illnesses.

Items such as bikes, furniture, electricals, and lawnmowers can be donated at any of the nine HRCs across Buckinghamshire, they are then transported to the shops for resale.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, commented:

“This success not only reflects the generosity of Buckinghamshire residents, but it is also testament to the hard-working teams on the ground - FCC Environment who manage the household recycling centres on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council and South Bucks Hospice who collect the goods and run the two onsite reuse shops.”

James Reseigh, FCC Environment HRC Contract Manager, added:

“It is fantastic to see that donations are increasing, and the reuse shops have returned from the pandemic stronger than ever! We want to continue to build on the success of the reuse revolution and will be working with South Bucks Hospice to make improvements both onsite and in the shops.”

If you are having a declutter in time for Christmas, don’t delay, visit your nearest household recycling centre to donate your items and become part of the reuse revolution today!