Recycling different types of waste

Garden waste

Garden waste collections

Kerbside collection of household garden waste will be paused across Central Bedfordshire over the winter months between Monday, 10 December 2018 and Friday, 1 March 2019 inclusive.

Please check your last collection date for your area; it will be either the week commencing Monday, 26 November or Monday, 3 December 2018. Collections scheduled to take place in the week commencing Monday, 10 December will be paused.

Please check your last garden waste collection date. View the bin collection calendar for individual roads.

During this break, please take any garden waste to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Alternatively, if you fancy giving home composting a go, we subsidised compost bins and accessories are available to Central Bedfordshire residents through a council scheme. Find out more about home composting.

All normal garden waste collections will resume on Monday, 4 March 2019.

Garden waste collections

Garden waste is collected fortnightly over the summer months 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 (check our bin map (PDF 2.3MB) to see which you are.)

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?

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

Please note: All garden waste must be contained within either the wheelie bin or sacks that we provide. Any large branches, trunks and plants should be cut down to fit inside. Garden waste placed in sacks not provided by us will not be collected. There is a 10kg weight limit per sack as continual lifting could pose a hazard to our contractors.

What cannot go in your garden waste bin or bag?

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

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).

Order food waste bags, garden waste sacks or a bin

You can now order replacement food waste bags and garden waste sacks online.

Replacement bin

If your waste bin is lost or damaged please telephone 0300 300 8302 or email to request a new one.

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