Garden waste collection this winter

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Kerbside collection of household garden waste will be suspended across Central Bedfordshire over the winter months.

The collections will be suspended from Monday, 4 December 2017 until Friday 2, March 2018 inclusive. Residents are encouraged to check their last garden waste collection date for their area, which will be either the week commencing Monday 20 or Monday 27 November.

The decision to stop the kerbside collection service during the quietest time of the year for garden waste was made as part of the council’s financial planning process, and comes as a result of Government funding cuts. Council Tax alone doesn’t raise enough to cover all the services the council provides, and so the council focuses on delivering services that meet the periods of high demand, in this case restricting garden waste collections to during the growing season. 

Residents can use our tidy tips or compost at home over the winter

During the suspension, garden waste can still be recycled at the council’s recently improved Household Waste Recycling Centres (tidy tips).

Alternatively, residents with enough space in their gardens are encouraged to compost at home. All Central Bedfordshire residents are eligible for a discount on compost bins and accessories under a council scheme to encourage composting.

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