Recycling different types of waste

Garden waste

Garden waste is collected fortnightly with your recycling on your normal bin collection day. We provide two garden waste sacks (for residents in the north) and a green-lidded wheelie bin (for residents in the south) for their garden waste (PDF 2.3MB) .

Your nearest tidy tip (household waste recycling centre), also accepts any garden waste.

Alternatively, find out more about composting. If you fancy giving it a go, we offer subsidised compost bins and accessories to residents.

What goes in your garden waste bin or bag?

Please note: There is a 10kg weight limit per sack. Continually lifting weights heavier than 10kg could pose a hazard to our contractors. Only garden waste in our sacks will be collected, garden waste in other sacks won’t be emptied.

  • grass cuttings
  • plants and weeds
  • flowers
  • prunings
  • hedge clippings
  • leaves and bark
  • vase plants
  • pond plants

What cannot go in your garden waste bin or bag?

  • vegetable peelings
  • kitchen waste
  • plastic bags
  • plant pots
  • polystyrene trays
  • soil
  • rubble
  • animal bedding
  • pet waste
  • general household waste

There is a 10kg weight limit per sack. Continually lifting weights heavier than 10kg could pose a hazard to our contractors.

Japanese knotweed

If you have Japanese knotweed in your garden, it is your duty to control it and prevent it spreading to neighbouring properties. It is a controlled waste and therefore should be treated and disposed of in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990. For more information about the plant, please contact the Environment Agency (link opens in new window).

How to request a replacement garden waste sack

If your waste bin or garden waste sacks are lost, damaged, or need replacing, please telephone 0300 300 8302 or email customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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