Garden Waste Collections suspended

Published: 23 July 2021

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All garden waste collections are suspended

Due to severe staff shortages, all garden waste collections are now suspended across all of Central Bedfordshire until further notice.

Despite our best efforts to keep garden waste collections going for as many people as possible, unfortunately, we are experiencing staff shortages at similar level to the early part of the pandemic and we need to prioritise the more critical collections like everyone’s black bins, recycling and clinical waste.

The staff shortages are due to a national shortage of qualified large vehicle drivers, this is affecting the whole economy, not just waste services. An increase in staff needing to self-isolate due to COVID-19 is further compounding the staffing issues.

The Council will keep this decision under constant review and update residents through its website:

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask residents to please bear with us at this difficult time.

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Use a tidy tip instead

Garden waste can still be recycled at any of the Council’s four Household Waste Recycling Centres which are open seven days a week from 9am -5pm, including Bank Holidays.

Additional appointment slots have been added to help residents.

Find out more and how to book a slot online at

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Try composting

Residents with enough space in their gardens could also start home composting their garden waste. Home composting is an excellent way to not only dispose of your garden waste, but also reuse it.