Recycling different types of waste | Central Bedfordshire Council

Recycling different types of waste

Garden waste

Garden waste collections update

Due to an increase in staff needing to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and a national shortage of qualified waste vehicle drivers, we are experiencing severe staff shortages. 

So that we can prioritise resources to maintain critical household waste collections such as clinical waste, residual waste (black bin) and dry recycling, all kerbside collections of household garden waste across all of Central Bedfordshire are suspended until further notice.

Find out more about the current disruption.


For garden waste, we provide:

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.

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
  • 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.

Order garden waste sacks (not a bin)

Find out how to order garden waste sacks.