Recycling different types of waste

Garden waste

Suspension of garden waste collection

Kerbside collection of household garden waste will be suspended across Central Bedfordshire over the winter months and the last collection date for your area will be either week commencing Monday 21 or Monday 28 November 2016, depending on your road.

Garden waste is collected fortnightly with your recycling on your normal bin collection day.

If you are not sure of your last collection day, you can check which date affects your road on our bin collections page (your road's bin collection calendar can be found at the end of the appropriate PDF file. There are two calendars, so please check your road's calendar number in the PDF).

  • calendar 1 – last collection will be during the week commencing Monday 28
  • calendar 2 – last collection will be during the week commencing Monday 21

All collections from Monday, 5 December 2016 until Friday, 24 February 2017 will be suspended.

Find your nearest tidy tip (household waste recycling centre), which will still accept any green waste during the suspension.

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

All normal garden waste collections will resume after Friday 24 February 2017.

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) .

Extra winter dates for temporary garden waste facility in Leighton Buzzard

The temporary garden waste recycling facility at Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard will reopen for two extra dates:

  • Sunday 4 December
  • Sunday 11 December

This temporary site is for garden waste only and no other waste will be accepted. Permits relating to vehicles and trailers will still be in operation. Prior to both of these dates the kerbside garden waste collection will still be in operation.

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

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

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