Bin collections change slightly over Christmas and the New Year.
Please put your usual wheeled bin / bags out as normal by 7am on the revised collection days.
You can check your normal bin collection day in the section below.
|Scheduled bin collection day||Revised bin collection day|
|Monday, 23 December||Saturday, 21 December|
|Tuesday, 24 December||Monday, 23 December|
|Wednesday, 25 December||Tuesday, 24 December|
|Thursday, 26 December||Friday, 27 December|
|Friday, 27 December||Saturday, 28 December|
|Monday, 30 December||No change|
|Tuesday, 31 December||No change|
|Wednesday, 1 January||Thursday, 2 January|
|Thursday, 2 January||Friday, 3 January|
|Friday, 3 January||Saturday, 4 January|
The last garden waste and bulky waste collection will be on Friday, 20 December.
All wheeled bin collections including garden and bulky waste will resume as normal from week commencing Monday, 6 January, 2014.
'Real' Christmas trees - You can dispose of your 'real' Christmas trees on your normal garden waste collection from Monday 6th to Friday 31st January. Please ensure tree segments are no taller than 5ft and have trunks no greater than 3 inches in diameter.
We will collect your waste on the same day of the week on a fortnightly basis. Please present your household waste at the boundary of your property by 7am.
Bin collections – bank holidays
Bin collections change over Christmas and the New Year. They remain the same for all other bank holidays.
To find out when your waste and recycling collections are for your road:
- select the relevant link from the alphabetical road names list below according to the first letter of your road name
- next to your road name you will find your waste collection day
- to find out what week is either the waste or recycling collection please click on the collection week and the appropriate calendar will show
- if you would like to print the calendar please make sure to select 'print current page' in your print options otherwise the whole document will be printed.
Road names A (PDF 294KB)
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Road names N (PDF 219KB)
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Road names Q (PDF 109KB)
Road names R (PDF 180KB)
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Road names U (PDF 91KB)
Road names V (PDF 136KB)
Road names W (PDF 301KB)
Road names Y (PDF 89KB)
Road names Z (PDF 89KB)
Your waste bin or bags needs to be left out by 7am on the normal collection day. Occasionally due to unforeseen circumstances your waste may be collected at a different time to normal.
If your bin or bag has not been collected on the scheduled day, please report it within 48 hours by calling 0300 300 8302. Please note though that our Customer Services Advisors will only be able to provide you with information after 4pm once all the waste collection crews have finished their routes.
We are unable to arrange a collection for bins which were not left out by 7am on their scheduled collection day. If you miss your collection day, you can dispose of household waste at one of our tidy tips.
Possible reasons your bin or bag may have been missed are as follows:
Wrong bin - we can only collect the bins / bags scheduled for collection. Check your waste collection day for more details.
Adverse weather conditions - please read the section below which explains how we deal with bin collections in adverse weather.
Recycling bins will not be collected if they contain non-recyclable items. If your bin is not collected, you will be asked to remove the non-recyclable items before the next collection. For a reminder of what can be recycled, view our waste information and advice pages. If you are unsure about the non-recyclable items, a Waste Minimisation Officer may visit to offer advice.
Garden waste bins and bags must contain only garden waste. Other garden items (such as flower pots) and food waste cannot be composted. For a reminder of what can be composted in your garden waste collection view our waste information and advice pages. If you are unsure about the non-compostable items, a Waste Minimisation Officer may visit to offer advice.
Please remember to not exceed the 10kg weight limit of the garden bag (North of region only)
Part emptied / overloaded bins - we will not empty a bin if it's overloaded; that is, if it is too heavy, causing a hazard to the crew or if there is a risk of spillage. Overloading and frozen contents can also result in a bin being part-emptied. We will return to collect these on the next scheduled collection providing the householder has removed the load or blockage. If you have large items, such as a fridge / freezer, you might want to arrange a bulky waste collection.
Obstruction - you can help out waste collection crews by ensuring that you do not park in a way which obstructs access.
To order a new or replacement waste container or find out more information then please telephone 0300 300 8302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no charge for new or replacement waste containers. Households may only use one waste bin for each type of waste.
We will make the provision for those residents who are unable to move the waste and recycling containers to the normal collection point (highway boundary) themselves and do not have anyone living at the address who is available to assist.
Residents could qualify for reasons such as age or infirmity. Where residents qualify, this service is free of charge.
Please contact us on 0300 300 8302 or email email@example.com and we will arrange for a visit to discuss your needs.
All residents are provided with a black wheeled bin for refuse. This is collected fortnightly.
Your black bin is for household waste that cannot be recycled through any of the recycling collections or recycling facilities available to you.
Types of waste that can go in the black bin:
- disposable nappies
- items contaminated with food
- food waste (south only)
- pet waste and bedding
Any waste that goes in the black bin will end up in landfill.
Types of waste that cannot go in the black bin:
- rubble and DIY waste
- anything that will cause the bin to be too heavy to be moved or emptied
- any hazardous or clinical waste - these have to be treated and / or disposed of in a special way
Residents are provided with wheeled bins and bags for either recycling or disposing of their garden waste.
Those in the north of Central Bedfordshire have a green bin for recycling and two green reusable sacks for garden waste.
Whilst those in the south of Central Bedfordshire have an orange lidded bin for recycling and a green bin for garden waste.
For houses that cannot accommodate bins, we will provide rolls of orange sacks.
Recyling is collected on a fortnightly basis (on the same collection day but on the alternative week to your refuse collection)
Please ensure your recycling is clean and squashed before placing loose in your bin/bag.
What goes in your recycling bin or bag?
Paper - any 'clean' paper including:
- junk mail
- wrapping and tissue paper
- scrap paper
- directories (including yellow pages)
- shredded papers (please bunch up, put in a paper envelope or wrap in newspaper)
- computer printout paper
- paperback books - no 'play school' paper covered in glitter / paint or material please
- greeting cards
- cereal boxes
- tissue boxes
- sleeves from ready meals and egg boxes
- corrugated and flat cardboard (torn into A4 size please)
No boxes which might have food remains on it please.
Cartons - food and drink cartons (rinsed out, squashed and with the lid put back on to save space in your recycling container).
Plastic packaging includes:
- yoghurt pots
- margarine tubs
- plastic / polystyrene food trays
Please rinse out contents - no food remains should go in the recycling collection.
Plastic food packaging includes:
- carrier bags
- plastic wrap
Plastic bottles includes:
- pop bottles
Please rinse, squash and put the lid back on to save space in your recycling container. No glass bottles.
Metal packaging (cans & tins)
Any food and drink cans including metal sweet and cake tins. Please rinse, put lids inside and squash it if you can to save space in your recycling container.
- aluminium tin foil
- foil food containers
Foil should be rinsed and squashed to save space in your recycling container.
Empty aerosol canister includes:
- empty deodorants
- air freshener
No camping gas containers please.
Worn out textiles
Clothing and shoes - worn out or damaged clothing and shoes which are not suitable to donate to charity shops or second hand shops
Household textiles - worn out and damaged curtains, bedding and towels which are not suitable for donating to charity shops or second hand shops.
Textiles/ fabrics - damaged, stained and torn fabrics / rags
For more information read our recycling information leaflet (PDF 1.6MB)
Residents in Central Bedfordshire are provided with either a green wheeled bin (south) or two green reusable bags (north) for garden waste. For households with narrow access we will provide you with biodegradable bags.
Garden waste is collected fortnightly on the same day as your recycling collections.
All garden waste collections over Christmas and New Year are suspended. The last garden waste and bulky waste collection will be on Friday 20 December.
All garden waste collections will resume as normal from week commencing Monday 6 January 2014.
Christmas trees - You can dispose of your 'Real' Christmas trees on your normal garden waste collection from Monday 6th to Friday 31st January. Please ensure tree segments are no taller than 5ft and have trunks no greater than 3 inches in diameter.
What goes in your green garden waste bin or bag?
- grass cuttings
- plants and weeds
- hedge clippings
- leaves and bark
- vase plants
- pond plants
What cannot go in the green garden bin or bag?
- vegetable peelings
- kitchen waste
- plastic bags
- plant pots
- polystyrene trays
- animal bedding
- pet waste
- general household waste
There is a 10kg weight limit per sack. The old Mid Bedfordshire Council bags do not have this weight limit printed on them. Continually lifting weights heavier than 10kg could pose a hazard to our contractors.
If you have Japanese knotweed in your garden, it is your duty to control it and prevent it spreading to neighbouring properties. It is classified as controlled waste and therefore should be treated and disposed of in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Waste Directory lists companies who may dispose of the knotweed for you. Please do not place any Japanese Knotweed in the garden waste collection.
For more information about the plant please contact the Environment Agency.
Residents in some rural areas in the south of Central Bedfordshire are provided with glass boxes for their glass bottles and jars. They are picked up fortnightly on the same day as your residual waste collection.
What goes in your black glass box?
You can put any glass bottle or jar in your black box. Some examples include:
- wine and beer bottles
- sauce bottles or jars
- jam jars (lids can go in your recycling container)
What cannot go in your black glass box?
If you live in an area without a kerbside glass collection, you can take the your glass bottles and jars to a bottle bank in Central Bedfordshire.
Residents in the north of Central Bedfordshire are provided with a small 7 litre brown kitchen caddy and larger 20 litre brown collection container for their food waste.
Food waste is collected weekly on the same day as your waste collections.
What goes in your brown food waste caddy?
- meat and fish - raw and cooked (including small bones)
- raw and cooked vegetables and fruit (including peelings)
- all dairy products such as cheese
- eggs (including shells)
- bread, pastries and cakes
- pasta, rice and beans
- teabags and coffee grounds
- uneaten leftovers from dishes and plates (including fish and poultry bones)
- out-of-date food
What cannot go in your brown food waste caddy?
- plastic bag or wrapping
- plastic or polystyrene pots or trays
- tin foil or food containers
- cardboard packaging
- liquids like cooking oil or juice
- large meat bones
- garden waste
- glass or china
- pet mess, litter or bedding
In warm weather bins can get smelly, which can attract flies. The flies lay eggs on food waste, and the eggs hatch into maggots inside the bins.
Why am I getting maggots in my bin?
Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to your rubbish. So if flies settle on your food waste they may lay eggs, which will then hatch into maggots.
How can I prevent maggots?
If flies don’t get into contact with your rubbish then you will not get maggots.
To help prevention of maggots follow these simple guidelines about managing your waste this summer.
Disposing of waste
- double wrap food waste such as meat and bones - this will help to reduce the smell and stop the flies laying eggs on the food
- rinse your bin out regularly and keep it clean. You may wish to use a bin cleaning services for this see the Yellow Pages
- if possible store your wheeled bin out of direct sunlight, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the smell and help attract flies
- ensure that the lid of your wheeled bin is kept closed. If your bin is damaged (i.e. split or the lid is missing) please report it to customer services - 0300 300 8302 who can arrange a replacement.
- compost your kitchen vegetable waste in a home compost bin. This complements the garden waste collection services. For special offers on compost bins see www.cbc.getcomposting.com
If nappies are included in your rubbish, empty solids into the toilet and double bag the nappy. Alternatively why not consider using real washable nappies and take advantage of our £25 Cashback scheme for more details call 0300 300 8302 or email The Waste Minimisation Team.
In the kitchen, you should:
- empty your kitchen bin and kitchen caddy regularly and make sure waste is properly wrapped or bagged before putting it in your wheeled bins
- ensure your kitchen bins have close fitting lids. ‘Swing-top’ bins sometimes do not prevent flies getting inside
- keep all your food covered up and do not leave food waste on work surfaces – wrap it and put it in your kitchen caddy or bin straight away
- try not to prepare more food than you need, so reducing the amount of food you throw away.
Avoid leaving pet food out all day as this easily attracts flies.
How do I get rid of maggots?
If maggots do get into your wheeled bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied. Maggots and fly eggs can be killed by using boiling water. Clean / wash your bin out after it has been emptied. If you don’t want to clean it yourself, you can get in touch with professional bin cleaners. Try using a cleaning product with a fragrance, which will help to deter flies from you bin. Although maggots are unpleasant they are not a health hazard.
Adverse weather - general advice
We try to maintain waste and recycling collections regardless of the weather, but where conditions are dangerous for our crews pulling waste bins and loading vehicles, we may need to suspend bin collections until conditions improve.
In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will make every effort to collect your kerbside waste. If we are not able to due to safety concerns, we will catch up as soon as possible. Residents are advised to make full use of their food waste collection (north of the region only) and recycling collection.
Garden waste and bulky waste collections will be suspended in adverse weather, to focus resources on kerbside collection of food, recycling and residual waste. Were street cleansing is suspended due to bad weather conditions, the vehicles and staff will be diverted to gritting.
What should I do if you don’t collect my waste on the normal day because of the weather?
Please leave your bin or bags in their normal location for collection and we will collect it/them as soon as it is accessible and safe to do so. If this is not possible (due to space, cluttering the roads etc.) bring it in overnight.
Can you tell me which day my bin will be collected after you’ve missed my normal collection day?
We try to catch up on missed collections as soon as possible, but this is dependant on the accessibility of individual roads and routes. This may change on a daily basis during the adverse weather period. As we collect from over 110,000 households we can’t guarantee everyone will receive an individualised message about their specific street’s waste collections. We will update our website and social media if collections are interrupted.
I’m expected to drive to work when there’s snow and ice. Why can’t your crews collect my bin?
The average car weighs between 1 and 2 tonnes whereas our refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) weigh over 25 tonnes. They require more control, especially on small roads with parked cars on either side. We do not send the crews out when there is a risk of danger to pedestrians or damaging our residents’ property or vehicles. We want to ensure that our collection crews are safe and will not encourage them to collect waste when it is not safe for them to do so.
Why can’t the RCVs (Refuse Collection Vehicles) be fitted with snow tyres or chains?
The time taken to fit and remove snow tyres or chains would be significant because of the varying conditions on the roads during adverse weather. Some local authorities were still unable to collect waste even when their vehicles were fitted with snow tyres, so there would be limited benefit to our vehicles having snow tyres.
Once the weather conditions have improved, can you catch up on bin collections within the week?
Whilst we endeavour to catch up on missed collections as quickly as we can, we have a limited workforce and number of vehicles. We operate at maximum capacity, using all vehicles available to collect the missed collection, and will collect on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays if needed. If we have missed a full cycle of collections, ie:2 weeks, we will collect extra bags left as side waste.
We will prioritise collection of clinical and weekly collection across the district. In the north we will prioritise collection of food waste followed by recycling, and in the south we will prioritise residual followed by recycling.
Some councils didn’t collect bins for 6 weeks last year. Won’t I have lots of maggots in my bin if that happens again?
If we miss a collection due to adverse weather conditions, it is likely that waste high in water content (such as food) will be frozen in the food waste or residual bin and will not harbour maggot larvae. You can double wrap any food in your bin if you are concerned. Don’t forget you can put all your uncooked fruit and vegetables in your compost bin.
I’m not getting a service I’ve paid for. Can I have a refund on my council tax?
On average your bin collection costs around £1 per collection per household, which is a small percentage of your council tax. You will have your waste collected, but there may be a delay.
The Waste Minimisation team at Central Bedfordshire Council are often out talking to residents in and around Central Bedfordshire. They attend various events such as school fetes and country shows, as well as setting up the recycling trailer at markets and local supermarkets.
At these events they're on hand to answer any of your waste related questions, as well as discussing ways in which to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Love Food Hate Waste exhibitions
Learn more about Love Food Hate Waste, and how food waste affects our pockets as well as the environment. Pick up some great recipe ideas as well as portion planning and tip cards. Also enter our competition to win some supermarket shopping vouchers.
Monday 2 to Friday 20 December - Houghton Regis Library
If you would like the waste team to attend an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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