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Household Waste Recycling Centre FAQs

Here you will find answers to some of the more common questions about the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), including waste categorisation and what materials are collected or return to the Waste Recycling Centre page for further information.

 

1.  What is trade waste?

2.  What should I do with waste created by tradesperson/s working in my home?

3.  Why are there DIY waste restrictions?

4.  What is the duty of care?

5.  What is domestic hazardous waste?

6.  What should I do with domestic hazardous waste?

7.  What should I do with trade hazardous waste?

8.  What green or garden waste can I recycle?

9. How do I dispose of my old loft insulation?


1.  What is trade waste?

Trade waste is defined as waste arising from any trade or business, industrial or commercial activities.

Small amounts of trade waste can now be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Barkers Lane. Anyone who produces waste from their work or has received any payment for carrying such waste can now take this waste to the Barkers Lane site for a charge. Please visit our commercial waste centre page for more information before visiting the site.

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2.  What should I do with waste created by tradesperson/s working in my home?

Householders have a duty of care to ensure that any waste created by paid tradespersons/handyman working in their home is disposed of appropriately, safely and legally, either by themselves or by the tradesperson/s as a licensed carrier of waste. If you are not sure whether the paid tradesperson/s/handyman has got a waste carrier license to dispose of such waste call the Environment Agency National Customer Contact Centre on 08708 506 506.

Should householders decide to dispose of soil, rubble or DIY waste themselves at the HWRC they need to be aware that this waste type is legally defined as a non-household waste and some Council’s do not accept it at their sites. However, we recognise that householders can produce small quantities of this type of waste so limited quantities can be deposited at the HWRC. Please check the household waste acceptance and access policy (451kb PDF) for further details.

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3.  Why are there DIY waste restrictions?

The site is licensed by the Environment Agency to accept certain amounts and quantities of waste per annum. We need to make sure we do not exceed the amounts in the license.

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4.  What is the duty of care?

The duty of care is a law which says that you must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. If you give waste to someone else, you must be sure they are authorised to take it and can transport, recycle or dispose of it safely. For more information please click here.

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5.  What is domestic hazardous waste?

Examples of hazardous waste from a household are car batteries, engine oil, garden chemicals, bleach, strong cleaners/disinfectants, gas bottles, solvents etc. This list is not definitive, if you think you have a hazardous household waste which does not fall in any of the above categories, then contact 01234 718013 who will put you through to someone in the council to give you advice on how and where to dispose it.

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6.  What should I do with domestic hazardous waste?

Bedford Borough Council will accept the above materials at its Barkers Lane HWRC, provided they are from households and it is not asbestos. When disposing of any of these items at the HWRC please take due care and attention; hand the item/ substance to the site operator and follow any relevant instructions. Do not put these or any uncertain items/ substances directly into the skips. Do not put this waste out with your normal kerbside collection. Refer to your local telephone directory or internet to locate an authorised commercial disposal company.

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7.  What should I do with trade hazardous waste?

We do not accept any trade hazardous waste at Barkers Lane HWRC. If you have any trade hazardous waste then please consult your local telephone directory, or internet, to locate an authorised commercial disposal company.

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8.  What green or garden waste can I recycle?

Leaves and flowers, grass and weeds, tree bark and pruned bushes, clippings and twigs, large branches and tree trunks.

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9. How do I dispose of my old loft insulation?

Most old insulation is not recyclable or biodegradable due to the type of materials or chemical treatment used.

If you pay a contractor to insulate your loft for you, the fee you pay should include a cost for disposal of your old insulation by the contractor.  Check to make sure this is the case and where they will dispose of it.

If you are re-insulating your loft yourself, your old loft insulation can be taken to Barkers Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre.  Please make sure the material is securely wrapped up in plastic bags and sealed tightly with tape. When you arrive on site please speak to a recycling centre operative and they will advise you where to deposit it safely.

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