Recycling firm looking to expand after finally securing planning permission

Tricia Murray, right, of managing director at Bucks Recycling
Tricia Murray, right, of managing director at Bucks Recycling

A recycling company which has been waiting years for its premises to get planning approval is now looking to expand after its future was finally secured.

Bucks Recycling can continue to trade at Westcott Venture Park after it was given permanent status by Buckinghamshire County Council.

Unlike most business sectors, you need planning permission if you want to work with rubbish.

Managing director Tricia Murray said: “This is a big deal for us as it means the company now has a more certain future, where as before we were just wondering if we would still be trading in two years from now.

“We are very excited about the opportunities this presents, as gaining this consent has opened doors for us and we are now able to expand, develop and diversify as well as being able to employ our staff on permanent contracts and invest in their on going training and development.”

The firm, established in 2000, first moved to Westcott in 2011 and, knowing the lenthy and complex process involved in achieving permanent permission, submitted its application straight away.

Nearby residents’ initial concerns over noise were quelled with an agreed solution to build an acoustic bund shield the noise of machinery from the village.

Now it is looking forward to a brighter future, the company is investing heavily in staff training and new equipment and are planning to refurbish their Hangar premises with air conditioning in the picking station, sky lights on the roof, new eco-efficient lighting, and repainting the exterior of the building.

Ms Murray said: “We were under a shadow before we achieved planning, but can now look to the future and are working to develop the business by focussing on the amount of waste we recycle - doing more with the waste we collect.

“We are already making kindling as a product and have plans to create an animal-bedding product for local farmers.

“We are also investing a lot of money in training so we have a 50 strong team of qualified people in waste, transport, accounting and management.

“The news that we can now stay at Westcott has had a huge ripple effect, we’ve hired four extra drivers and everybody is feeling upbeat as they can see we are investing in their personal development as well as the business as a whole.”