Recycling different types of waste

Garden waste

Garden waste collections are currently suspended, due to coronavirus.

Find out how our services have been affected.

For garden waste, we provide:

  • north Central Bedfordshire: two garden waste sacks
  • south Central Bedfordshire: green-lidded wheelie bin

Not sure if you're north or south? 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.

You can also 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 / compostable bags or wrapping
  • 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 (when not suspended) or a bin

Find out how to order food waste bags, garden waste sacks or a bin.