Aston Clinton

Aston Clinton Re-use Shop to reopen

Bargain-hunters are in for a treat from next week as the popular re-use shop at Aston Clinton Recycling Centre reopens after the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The shop, run by South Bucks Hospice in partnership with FCC Environment and Buckinghamshire Council, sells a range of quality affordable items that have been brought to the site by the public.

Proceeds from sales go towards helping hospice patients who are facing life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

From June 22, the shop at College Road North, Aylesbury, will be open to the public from 9am until 5pm from Monday to Friday only.

Jackie Ward, Acting Chief Executive at South Bucks Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be able to open this wonderful re-use shop at Aston Clinton. We sadly had to temporarily close it in March due to the coronavirus crisis, so are very much looking forward to welcoming our customers back.

“The great thing about this re-use shop is that it benefits everybody. People looking for affordable goods love the type of things they find here, while it helps the environment by promoting re-use rather than having perfectly decent items just discarded as waste.”

The range of goods sold includes electrical items such as TVs, furniture, bicycles, and sports equipment.

Jackie Ward added: “We are also hoping to re-open our shop at High Heavens in High Wycombe in the very near future so watch this space. We are enormously grateful to FCC and the council for working in partnership with us to make this happen.”

There are also measures in place to allow staff and customers to follow coronavirus prevention guidelines. These include:

  • Maintaining the two metre social distancing
  • Implementing a one-way system
  • Offering hand sanitising facilities
  • Encouraging payment by card
  • Limiting car parking spaces at the shop - as every other bay will be closed off as per the current distancing arrangements across the whole site.

All Buckinghamshire's recycling centres will have a container where you can place re-usable items for the shops to sell. Items received will be cleansed where possible or otherwise kept in quarantine in line with guidelines prior to being presented for sale.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: "Buckinghamshire Council is firmly committed to making the county's waste and recycling services as environmentally friendly as possible, and our re-use shops are an example of that. I'm really pleased that their phased reopening begins this Monday 22 June with the shop at Aston Clinton, with that at High Wycombe to follow as soon as suitable arrangements have been made to ensure staff and visitor safety.

"By purchasing an item from our re-use shops you are not only extending its life instead of throwing it away, you're also supporting the important work of the South Bucks Hospice."