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Household Waste Recycling Centre

Bedford HWRC


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.

Download a map to find the location of the site.  (1.1MB PDF)

Household Waste Recycling Centre- Frequently Asked Questions  

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.

Download the guide for waste from rental properties.   (41.3kb PDF)


Opening Hours

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 overnight. 



We accept the following items:

HWRC Accepts

We do not accept Asbestos, Sectioned Trees with diameter greater than 30cm, Animal Faeces and Beddings, and Trade/Commercial Waste.

Disposable BBQs:  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 site.

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 abuse.

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 you visit.

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 718013.

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 site:

  • 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 condition

furniture reuseIf 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.


Emmaus Village, Carlton

Freegle, Bedford


The ReUse 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

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