Household Waste Recycling Centre
Bedford's Household Waste Recycling
Centre (HWRC) is located on Barkers Lane.
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.
Household Waste Recycling Centre- Frequently Asked
Daily: 1st April to 31st March -
9am till 5pm
Late night opening:
Between 1st April and 30th September - 9am-7pm
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 overnight.
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.
Will I need a Waste Permit?
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 ).
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.
Free soil improver
Bedford Borough Council ran a Compost Giveaway Scheme at
Bedford’s HWRC between 1st May and 31st
October this year.
Residents were provided with a free bag of compost at Bedford’s
Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Keep an eye on this page to find out more about this scheme for
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