Bin Collection Changes
From Monday 31st October your black
lidded rubbish bin will be collected every other week. This means
all bins will be collected on an alternate weekly basis: one week
the Council will collect your black lidded rubbish bin, and the
following week the orange lidded recycling and green lidded garden
waste bins will be collected.
In addition, changes to the garden waste collection service will
be commencing in December 2016. These changes mean there will be no
garden waste collections from the beginning of December until the
beginning of March each year; and as well as this, the option to
use green sacks has been removed. However, residents currently
using green sacks will be able to request a green lidded garden
waste bin for the disposal of their garden waste.
At the present time, flats that share a large 4-wheeled bin will
continue to have their household waste collected on a weekly basis.
The council will reassess collections for these properties in the
coming months. All properties that are changing to an alternate
weekly waste collection will be sent a leaflet later this month. In
addition, businesses’ trade waste and recycling collections
provided by Bedford Borough Council will remain unchanged.
The changes come as Bedford Borough Council faces further
government funding cuts which mean savings of over £27 million will
need to be made from its annual budget by 2020. In addition, the £3
million government funding supporting the continuation of the
weekly waste collection service has ended this year and is not
In light of these upcoming changes, the Council is keen to
remind residents of the ways in which they can recycle and reduce
waste, thereby saving space in their black bin. Visit the Council’s
Rubbish and Recycling page for details of what can be recycled in
your orange lidded recycling bins; locations and opening times of
recycling centres; and waste reduction tips. You can take excess
rubbish (in bags), recycling and garden waste to the Household
Waste Recycling Centre on Barkers Lane in Bedford.
In response to concerns regarding health and hygiene relating
the alternate weekly collections that were raised during public
consultation, Bedford Borough Council would like to reassure
residents that there is no evidence that operating alternate weekly
collections is a health hazard, and in all the years other councils
have been operating this system, there have been no instances of
ill health connected with this type of collection service.
The Council can also provide additional bin capacity to those
households with special circumstances e.g. for people with medical
conditions or large households (of 6 or more permanent residents).
One free roll of orange sacks can also be provided free to any
household each year. You may also wish to take advantage of the
Council’s subsidised home composter scheme or opt to pay for an
extra green lidded garden waste bin.
Later this month all households will receive a leaflet detailing
the changes and their new collection timetable.
To find out more please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/binchanges