Waste collection - disruption to services | Central Bedfordshire Council

Waste collection - disruption to services

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.

We continue to work with our waste collection contractors daily to manage the resources available to us as best we can, and we will update his webpage if the situation changes.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, please bear with us at this difficult time.

Alternative ways to dispose of garden waste

There are a number of other ways to dispose of your garden waste during these disruptions. 

Household Waste Recycling Centres (Tidy Tips)

We have four tidy tips open, seven days a week and we have added more appointment slots to help with increased demand.

Book a slot at your nearest tidy tip

Please note that weekends are busier than weekdays.

Home composting

Residents with enough space in their gardens are encouraged to home compost. 

Home composting is a good way to dispose and reuse your garden waste.

It’s also a great way to help the environment and it can save you trips to the tip.

Beware of possible scammers

Please be aware that if you receive calls or emails from a company/individual claiming the council have instructed them to contact residents and arrange collections of missed garden waste (or any other waste), these are not associated with Central Bedfordshire Council.

Please do not share any of your personal or bank details with anyone claiming they are working on behalf of the council to collect your waste. Instead report it via the GOV.UK website.