Household Waste Recycling Centre
Bedford's Household Waste Recycling
Centre (HWRC) is provided for the use of Bedford Borough
Council residents only. It is located on
Barkers Lane, Bedford. Householders can use this
facility to recycle and dispose of their household waste. Before
bringing waste to the site make sure you check whether you need to
get a free permit.
Details on Bedford Borough Council's
permit scheme are given below.
map to find the location of the site. (1.1MB
Household Waste Recycling Centre- Frequently Asked
If you are a landlord, letting agent or tenant of a
rental property please click the link below to open our guide on
waste arising from rental properties.
guide for waste from rental properties. (41.3kb
Daily: 9am - 5pm
Late night opening: SATURDAY ONLY Between
1st April and 30th September 9am-7pm.
CLOSED: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years
Day. The site closes at 1pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
Please note: Last entrance to the site is 10
minutes before the closing time published above. This is to allow
the site to be thoroughly cleaned and secured for
We accept the following items:
We do not accept Asbestos,
Sectioned Trees with diameter greater than 30cm, Animal
Faeces and Beddings, and Trade/Commercial Waste.
Help us prevent fire and keep your recycling centre safe
during these summer months. Please wait at least a day to
make sure the ashes are completely cold before disposal on
Mattresses: If you are disposing of a
mattress at this site, you might be asked to fill in a waste
disclaimer form. The site is currently getting an influx of
mattresses and it is considered that some of this waste is coming
from private landlords. Bedford Borough Council reserves the right
to monitor waste quantities deposited on this site and where
required take necessary action to stop any
Will I need a Waste Permit?
Please see the Household
Waste Acceptance Policy Leaflet (451kb pdf) to find out if you
will need a permit to enter the site.
Small quantities of demolition waste (soil, brick, rubble,
doors, household fitted items) are accepted if it is from your own
home. You will need to obtain a free permit BEFORE
For DIY waste, visits are restricted to 1 trip per
month, 6 items per month (see Household
Waste Acceptance Policy Leaflet (451kb pdf)).
You will also need a permit if you are planning to
bring a van or a pickup, or a car towing a single
axle trailer (from 1.2m x 0.9m up to 1.8m x 1.2m).
Permits are free and easily available; you can either
apply online, or you can call us on 01234
If you have a large quantity of waste you will need to make
alternative arrangements e.g. hiring a skip.
Please note, if you are
hiring a vehicle you will need to bring your hire documents with
you when you visit the site.
The following WILL NOT have access to the
- Any vehicle with more than 4 wheels
- Any trailer more than 1.8m long x 1.2m wide
- Any twin axle trailer
- Any tipper
- Any vehicle carrying trade waste
Furniture, White Goods and Electrical Items in working
If you're looking to dispose of furniture in a reasonable
condition, working white goods or electrical items
in reasonable condition then stop!
There are many charities across Bedford Borough looking to
pass your items on to those in need.
Please consider donating these items to local charities
before taking them to the HWRC.
If you are in any doubt whether an item is suitable for reuse,
ask a member of site staff or call us on 01234 718013.
Centre (formally Furniture Link)
Preen Furniture Bank on 01767 600 332
Spurgeons Childcare on 01234 405682
Look in your local telephone directory for other furniture reuse
organisations or visit our Reduce and Reuse page for more information.
Comments and Feedback
If you have recently visited Bedford's HWRC then take a
moment to give us your comments and feedback on the service
you have received. All comments and feedback received by the
Waste Services Team are reviewed and are very
much appreciated. Please use the online form below:
Bedford HWRC Comments and Feedback Form