Winter break for garden waste collections

Winter break for gardenwaste collections 

Kerbside collections of garden waste are suspended every winter. This year, the suspension is for 12 weeks from Monday 4 December 2023 until Friday 23 February 2024, inclusive. Depending on where a resident lives, final garden waste collections will take place either the week commencing Monday 20 November or the week commencing Monday 27 November. Collections will resume from Monday 26 February 2024.   


Throughout the suspension, residents can take garden waste to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). For all waste services, including bin collection dates and HWRC opening times, residents are encouraged to check our website. Households are also encouraged to sign up for our email alerts to receive timely notifications about the resumption of garden waste collections and changes to Christmas bin collection days. By signing up for waste alerts, we can provide an instant notification of changes to collections. This could include last minute changes caused by bad weather, vehicular problems, or other extenuating circumstances.  


We are also encouraging residents to ‘tell a friend’ and to spread the word to their neighbours. A similar campaign will follow for the Christmas bin collection changes.  


Residents only access at Central Bedfordshire Household Waste Recycling Centres  


From 1 November 2023, Central Bedfordshire residents will be required to provide proof of address to gain entry to any of our four Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) – also known as tidy tips. This brings the Council in line with many of our neighbouring authorities who have introduced similar measures and aims to reduce the financial burden on our council tax payers by reducing the number of non-CBC residents using our sites.   


Acceptable forms of ID include a current UK driving licence (photo card or paper licence will be accepted); a council tax bill from the current financial year; a utility bill (gas, electricity or water) which is less than a year old; a letter from HMRC or the Home Office which is less than a year old; current bus pass or a current disabled parking permit.   


We’re also encouraging residents to stay up to date by signing up for waste alerts and to visit our website for further information and reminders: