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Household bins and recycling

How to store your rubbish

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please follow this advice for how to store your rubbish:

  • Double bag all waste that contains tissues, face coverings or personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Do not put it out for collection for at least 72 hours

Double bag: Personal waste (such as used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths, face coverings and PPE) 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. 

Report household bin regularly left out on street