Bedford Borough Council is restarting green garden waste collections from Monday 27 April, on a monthly basis to begin with. You should check when your next garden waste collection will be by visiting www.bedford.gov.uk/bins.

During the coronavirus outbreak, the Council has been following the latest government guidance to protect both the public and bin crews working on the front line. This meant there had to be some changes to ensure priority collections could continue, while enabling the crews to work in line with social distancing measures and stay safe.

Now, with the crews having settled into the new working practices to stay safe and the Council successfully sustaining the government’s direction over the priority of household waste and recycling collections, garden waste collections will be restarting from next Monday (27 April), on a monthly basis to begin with. The Council’s crews are still having to work in a different way to ensure that they are staying safe and working to the government guidance so collections may take longer than usual. Black and orange bins will be collected as normal, but green bins may not be collected on your normal bin day.

Check when your next garden waste collection will be by visiting www.bedford.gov.uk/bins.The online collection day finder has been updated to reflect this brief change to monthly collections for garden waste.

What you can put into your garden waste bin

YES please: •grass cuttings •plants and flowers •weeds •prunings and hedge clippings •leaves and bark •vase plants and pond plants

NO thanks: •soil and rubble •vegetable peelings and kitchen waste •plastic bags, plant pots and polystyrene trays •animal bedding and pet waste •general household waste •persistent and noxious weeds (Ragwort, Japanese Knotweed, Spear Thistle, Creeping Thistle, Broad Leaf Dock, Curled Dock) •fake plants

Please make sure your garden waste is placed into the green bin loose (no bags please) and is contained within your bin. Extra garden waste will not be collected.  This bulletin has been sent to you by Recycling & Waste at Bedford Borough Council Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP environment.helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk 01234 718060

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