Recycle Week - Home and Away
Bedford Borough residents are being urged to recycle at “home
and away” ahead of National Recycle Week, which runs from the
National Recycle Week aims to increase recycling rates across
the country by asking everyone to make a small extra effort to
recycle, whether they are at home, at work or out and about.
Bedford Borough Council is also doing its bit to help everyone
recycle more, no matter where they are.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Recycling is
vitally important to Bedford Borough, and thanks to the efforts of
local households more and more of our waste has been recycled over
recent years. We will continue to work with residents to increase
the amount we recycle and therefore divert from landfill.
“As well as the environmental benefits of recycling, it also
saves local taxpayers money by reducing the amount of landfill tax
we have to pay. It is essential that through recycling our
waste we all continue to play our part in protecting the
environment and saving money.”
Recycle at home
You may have noticed that a new sticker has appeared on the
underside of the lid of your orange lidded recycling bin – if not,
take a look! This is to help raise awareness of the range of
materials that can be recycled through your kerbside recycling
collection scheme. Recyclable items include:
• all types of plastic packaging (such as pots, bottles,
tubs, trays, bags and film),
• food and drinks cans,
• aluminium foil,
• worn out textiles and shoes.
• empty aerosols
Did you know, if everyone in England recycled just one aerosol
can we’d save the amount of CO2 equivalent to taking 1,015 cars off
Green Garden Waste
Bedford Borough Council also operates a garden waste collection
scheme using green lidded wheelie bins. Compostable items
• grass cuttings
• hedge clippings
If you don’t already have a bin, order one today online or by
calling Customer Services.
The Council introduced a kerbside battery collection scheme to
12,500 properties in March this year. It proved immediately popular
with 353kg of batteries being collected so far. The Council is
currently finalising plans to roll out this scheme to other
households in the borough.
In the meantime, residents can still make use of the collection
facilities in the Town Hall and Borough Hall reception areas,
Bedford’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Barkers Lane and
most supermarkets and electrical retailers.
Remember to choose reusable batteries wherever possible.
You can recycle the plastic bottles, paper, cans and other items
you use when we’re not at home by using the dual recycling and
litter bins that are now located around the borough. There are now
over 20 of these bins at various locations including Bedford town
centre, Brickhill shops, Church Lane shops and the Saxon Centre in
Recycle your glass
If everyone in England recycled just one more glass jar we’d
save enough energy to light 8,015 100 watt light bulbs constantly
for one year! Glass bottles and jars can be recycled by taking them
to your local glass recycling site. These sites are currently being
refurbished which is helping to greatly improve their appearance
and make them more user friendly.
To find your local glass recycling site check our list of sites
online at www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling.
To find out more about Bedford Borough Council’s waste and
recycling services visit www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling
or call Customer Services on 01234 267422.