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June 2017: Commercial waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centre

Small amounts of commercial waste can now be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane, Bedford. Please visit our Commercial Waste Centre webpage for more information on how the service is operated, what waste can be accepted and the pricing structure for disposing of waste at the site.

May 2017: New recycling site at Prebend Street Car Park

Prebend recycling siteA new mini recycling site for glass bottles and jars has been installed at Prebend Street Car Park. Please bring along your household glass bottles and jars for recycling.

For a full list of mini recycling sites across Bedford Borough please click here



12th April 2017: Bin collections over Easter

Waste and recycling bin collecttons will continue as normal on Good Friday and Easter Monday. If your collection day is normally Friday or Monday please place your bin out for collection as usual. Easter recycling 2017


To check your bin collection day please visit our online collection day finder.


Remember you can recycle aluminium foil packaging from your Easter treats in your orange lidded recycling bin!




12th December 2016: Orange sacksorange bin for the festive period

To encourage as much recycling as possible over Christmas and New Year residents can collect 10 free orange sacks from the following locations, between 12th December 2016 - 6th January 2017:

Bedford Central Library, Putnoe Library, Wootton Library, Bromham Library, Kempston Town Library, the Customer Service Centre (Horne Lane, Bedford), and the Household Waste Recycling Centre (Barkers Lane, Bedford).

Some Parish Council’s will also have a supply of orange sacks to distribute to their villages, please contact your local Parish by searching for them online.

Orange sacks can be filled with all of your extra recycling (such as gift wrapping, boxes, cards) and put out next to your orange lidded recycling bin for collection.

November 2016: Garden Waste Collections

The last garden waste collections of the year will take place over the next few weeks and the service will stop for this year on 30th November; collections will resume in March next year.

Check your collection calendar for the last scheduled green garden waste collection for your postcode.

To find out more about other ways to dispose of your waste please click here.

For more infomation about the recent changes to bin collections please click here

22nd March 2016: Stay Connected

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14th March 2016: Recycling Site - Sainsbury's Clapham Road

Sainsbury’s are taking control of their recycling sites across the UK, as a result Bedford Borough Council will be removing the recycling containers which are currently at Sainsbury's, Clapham Road. This will be taking place over Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March.  

Please do not leave any recycling onsite, please use an alternative location until the new containers are installed. To find other recycling sites around Bedford Borough please visit our Local Recycling Sites webpage.


22nd January 2016: A 60% bigger 'Thank you'Christmas tree

Residents of Bedford Borough recycled 60% more real Christmas trees this year (17 tons) compared to last year (10.5 tons) – that’s an extra 6.5 tons of Christmas trees!

Each year, Bedford Borough Council encourages residents to recycle their real Christmas trees via the popular New Year Christmas tree recycling service.

In total, there were eight sites across the borough, from 2nd - 10th January 2016, which received the trees for recycling purposes. 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We know people in Bedford Borough are always keen to recycle what they can, but a 60% increase even exceeded our expectations. The Christmas tree recycling service offers residents a really easy and sustainable way of disposing of real trees, and we want to thank everyone who made use of it this year.”

12th January 2016: Let's Sort It!

Recycling is easy so let’s sort it! Remember to put all of your recycling in the orange lidded bin loose – no bags or black sacks please. Please do not put your mixed dry recycling in black waste sacks as our collection crews can't identify what is in them.


Putting the wrong items into your orange bin or sack could lead to a whole load of good quality recycling being downgraded, and may also pose risk to those sorting the recycling. To keep up to date with the items you can recycle visit www.bedford.gov.uk/mybins


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