Central Bedfordshire Council news and press releases

Winter break for garden waste collections

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

Kerbside collections of household garden waste will pause as usual during the winter months across Central Bedfordshire.

Garden waste collections will be suspended for 12 weeks from Monday 4 December 2023 until Friday 23 February 2024, inclusive. Residents are encouraged to check their last collection date for their area which, depending on where they live, will be either the week commencing Monday 20 November or week commencing Monday 27 November. The collections will resume from Monday 26 February. During this period, all other waste collections will operate as normal.

Over the winter, very low volumes of garden waste are collected so it is not cost-effective or environmentally friendly to provide the service during these months.

We are encouraging residents to sign up for email alerts to receive timely notifications about the resumption of garden waste collections and other waste service changes throughout the year. 

During the break, garden waste can still be recycled at any of our four Household Waste Recycling Centres which are open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm, including bank holidays.

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

Residents can also prepare for the festive season by following our social media and checking the website for collection dates throughout the Christmas period.