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
Trade waste is defined as waste arising from any trade or
business, industrial or commercial activities. Anyone who produces
waste from their work or has received any payment for carrying such
waste cannot take this waste to the Barkers Lane Household Waste
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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 or
check the public register.
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
waste acceptance and access policy (451kb PDF) for further
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3. Why is trade waste not accepted at the
Trade waste is not household waste, therefore the site waste
management license/environmental permit does not allow us to accept
industrial/commercial/trade waste at this site.
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4. What are the benefits of trade waste
Reducing the number of traders entering the sites will make the
service more customer focused and quicker, easier and more pleasant
to use. It reduces congestion and queuing times, whilst increasing
the amount of household waste recovered for reuse and
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5. Why are there DIY waste
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.
6. 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
7. 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.
8. What should I do with domestic hazardous
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.
9. What should I do with trade
We do not accept any trade waste at Barkers
Lane HWRC. If you have any trade waste, hazardous or non hazardous,
then please consult your local telephone directory, or internet, to
locate an authorised commercial disposal company.
10. What green or garden waste can I
Leaves and flowers, grass and weeds, tree bark
and pruned bushes, clippings and twigs, large branches and tree
11. How do I dispose of my old loft
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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