Waste collection – disruption to services
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Latest news on disruption to services - updated 9 September
Unfortunately, garden waste collections remain suspended due to the ongoing national shortage of HGV drivers. At present time, we anticipate the suspension continuing throughout September, unless driver availability changes. We appreciate this is not ideal and we are sorry for the disruption to the usual service.
We are exploring all possibilities with our contractor to enable us to restart a garden waste collection service, even if it is less frequent as an interim measure.
Driver shortages are affecting many businesses that rely on HGV drivers. Whilst, we have needed to suspend our garden waste collections temporarily, we are continuing to prioritise the drivers we have to ensure we continue to collect your black bins, food waste and recycling from over 120,000 households every week.
We are also doing everything we can to recruit drivers and upskill existing staff where possible. Unfortunately, resolving the shortage of drivers is not a quick fix. Our ability to source qualified drivers, who are seeking employment, and agency staff has been dramatically reduced. Our contractor is offering increased hourly rates and fast-tracking new drivers through the training programme. However, a national backlog of driving tests and processing of driving licences is impacting the duration of this process significantly.
If you hold an up to date LGV2 Licence and want to join a committed team, please apply here. Waste vehicle drivers generally work more regular daytime hours and fewer weekends than other sectors. Our contractor FCC also offer an employee benefits scheme, overtime and job security.
We will update you as soon as possible to confirm when we can resume collections.
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)
Garden waste can still be recycled at any of the Council’s four Household Waste Recycling Centres which are open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, including Bank Holidays – and currently have good availability.
Please note that weekends are busier than weekdays.
Residents with enough space in their gardens are encouraged to home compost.
Home composting is a good way to dispose of and reuse your garden waste. It's also a great way to help the environment and it can save you trips to the tip.
You can also buy a subsidised 220-litre compost bin through us and get it delivered to your home for as little as £16.50 (plus £5.99 delivery).
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.