Household Waste Recycling Centres (Tidy tips)

Waste permits

If you are a resident of Central Bedfordshire and using any of the following vehicles, you will need a waste permit to dispose of all waste:

  • van
  • pick-up
  • car (including MPVs) towing a single axle trailer (from 1.2 metres by 0.9 metres, up to 1.8 metres by 1.2 metres)

If visiting in one of these vehicles, visits are limited to 12 within a 12 month period.

You will also need a permit to dispose of:

  • DIY waste (4 to 6 items per month, examples below)
  • tyres (limited to 2 per year)
  • large gas bottles (limited to 2 per year)
  • large fire extinguisher (limited to 1 per year)

You no longer require a permit to dispose of fridges or freezers.

Waste permits are free

Apply online

Permits will be emailed to you to either print at home or display on your smart device on arrival at the site. Alternatively, these can be posted to you but please allow 2 to 3 days for the permit to arrive.

Remember to bring your permit with you when visiting the site.

Why do I need a permit?

The permit system prevents taxpayers footing the bill for commercial waste clean-ups. Our sites are licensed to accept only household waste, apart from Thorn Turn Trade Waste Facility.

However, sites still allow residents the convenience of using vans or large trailers for their household waste.

If we find that commercial waste is being disposed of at our tidy tips, it is possible that the licence would be revoked and the site closed.

Examples of DIY waste

Maximum 6 items:

  • 1 bathtub
  • 1 toilet pan
  • 1 cistern
  • 1 washbasin
  • 1 water tank
  • 1 standard door
  • 1 kitchen worktop (maximum length 1.5 metres)
  • 1 kitchen unit
  • laminate flooring (x 10 boards, maximum length per board 1.2 metres)
  • skirting boards (x 10 boards, maximum length per board 1.2 metres)
  • chipboard / plasterboard (maximum size by board 8 feet by 4 feet)
  • 1 window frame
  • 1 tree stump (maximum 100mm diameter)
  • 1 fence panel and post
  • 1 sack (100 litres) of soil or rubble
  • 1 sack (100 litres of other DIY waste, e.g. tiles)