Here at Bucks Recycling we are dedicated to recycling as much as possible, because it's a known fact that the world is running out of natural resources as a whole, so it's vital we do what we can to protect our environment.

Recycling in essence is the process of taking a material such as paper, or product like a plastic bottle, and processing it into a new product, rather than filling landfills. The process of recycling is also much less damaging to the environment.

Why Recycle?

The question that we should ask ourselves is why shouldn't we recycle? The world's growing population means that natural resources are at their lowest ever. By choosing Bucks Recycling, you can rest assured that your rubbish will be recycled and reused - our target is to achieve zero landfill.

By recycling, we're also reducing pollution and saving energy at the same time. This is possible because the process of recycling requires much less energy during the initial production, as the raw materials have already been created, for example, oil to plastic. Additionally pollution is reduced because it is the conversion of the fossil fuels that produce gases such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, which in turn, harm the environment and contribute towards other worldwide problems such as global warming.


Bucks Recycling are working in partnership with Westcott Venture Park to improve recycling for tenants on the venture park, by providing a free recycling service. In June we installed a new recycling centre on the park with containers for paper, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles and metal. This is a free service; we have also supplied tenants with office recycling bins to assist in making recycling even more straightforward. We have found this to be a great success with all tenants on the venture park, who have shown a keen interest in the service.


Cardboard is sorted & baled, loaded into shipping containers and exported to China, the worlds’ largest recycler of post-consumer cardboard. Once the cardboard arrives in China it is mulched into a paste (fancy word for mushing it up and adding water) and a small amount of woodchip is added just to improve the strength of the new cardboard product.

The pulp then goes through a heating and pressing process to form it into new sheets of usable cardboard than can be made into new boxes, and the cycle starts again.

Fun Fact

Recycling one tonne of cardboard saves 390kWhs of electricity, enough to power a medium sized home for over 40 days!

Soft Plastics

All grades of construction plastics from builders bags to brick wrapping is sorted and baled on our site. When baled, the product is taken by curtain sided artic. From our site it travels to Europe, to giant washing facilities where the plastics are cleaned and shredded down before being loaded into a plastics extruder, which essentially heats the plastic to melting point, stretches it into long strands which are then cut into small, uniform sized pellets that are then ready to be used again to make new plastic products.

Fun Fact

Each tonne of plastic we recycle saves 1.8 tonnes of crude oil from being used and uses one third of the energy it takes to make virgin material.


Steel is separated from other metals and taken directly to a local recycler who sorts the steel into different grades and distributes the steel to various steelworks in the UK, even utilising the steel within everyday objects like old pushchairs and washing machines, removing any contaminant using an enormous shredder and an array of magnets. The steel is then used in British industry to make some of the finest steel products in the world.

Fun Fact

Each tonne of steel that we recycle saves 75% of the energy needed to produce steel from iron ore, in December 2016 Bucks Recycling recycled enough steel to power a home for 15 years.

Residual Waste

Any waste that currently has no viable route for recycling, such as low grade plastics or polyfoam insulation etc, is used to provide energy for local homes. Until recently this was sent for landfill and other skip companies still landfill considerable amounts of waste and even recyclable materials.

Fun Fact

By diverting this material in 2016, we saved 13000 cubic yards of landfill space and produced enough electricity to power almost 500 medium sized homes for a year.


We receive many differing grades of wood from construction and household customers. This is sorted into Grade A, B and C and then shredded to go to animal bedding, furniture production and energy generation respectively.