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Bin Collection Changes

bin collectionFrom 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 being replaced. 

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

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