Due to a national shortage of HGV drivers, the Council’s bin collection rounds are under unusually high pressure.
Priority black bin and orange recycling bins will continue to be collected as normal, while residents will experience a delay to their green garden waste bin collection.
While green bin collections do finish for winter at the end of November, crews will be continuing collecting into December if necessary to ensure everyone receives their final collection of the year.
If your green bin collection is missed, please leave it out in a safe area and we will collect it as soon as we can.
Thank you for your patience.
How to store your rubbish if you are self-isolating with confirmed or suspected Covid-19If you are self-isolating with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, please follow this advice for how to store your rubbish:
- Double bag all waste that contains tissues
- Do not put it out for collection for at least 72 hours
Double bag: Personal waste (such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloth) should be stored separately to other waste, put it in a rubbish bag and then put into a second bag or black sack. This should be tied and kept separate from other waste in the room/s in which you are self-isolating.
Keep aside for at least 72 hours: Do not put it out for collection for at least 3 days. As an example, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Thursday, that bag can be put out for collection on Thursday morning. However, if you have filled/tied a bag on a Monday and your collection is due on a Wednesday, you would need to hold onto that bag until your collection day the following week.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
This is the advice from government designed to prevent transmission of the virus.
Waste and recycling collections
We offer three types of waste and recycling collections:
- Orange bins and sacks – for recycling
- Green bins – for garden waste
- Black bins – for rubbish which cannot be recycled or composted
Bins are emptied on an alternate weekly basis.
- One week your black bin will be collected
- The following week your orange recycling and garden waste bin will be collected
- Garden waste collections are suspended over winter between 1 December and 1 March each year.
Waste and recycling operational policies
Our waste and recycling policy statements (PDF) set out our approach to the collection of waste within Bedford Borough.
Putting your bins out for collection
Your bins should be left at the edge of your property (closest to the highway) by 6am on your collection day and brought back on to your property as soon as possible after collection.
You can request new bins if you need additional containers or yours get damaged or stolen. Charges apply.
We will not collect black sacks which are left out alongside your bins.
Please do not leave your bins out for more than 24 hours after your collection. You can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 for leaving your bins out.
Bins left out on pavements after your collection can lead to increased littering and encourage fly-tipping. They also create obstructions for residents, particularly affecting the blind / partially sighted and wheelchair users.
Where a property cannot accommodate a wheeled bin, an officer will visit and agree a suitable collection arrangement.