Central Bedfordshire Council to increase recycling targets Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

Fewer bin collections will not be happening (for now)

Central Bedfordshire councillors today (10 May 2018) decided how household rubbish would be collected from next year.

After a public consultation it was decided not to change the black bin collection to once every three weeks. At least, not for now.

Also, an annual charge for collecting garden waste will not be introduced.

Over 15,000 residents took part in the consultation and nearly everyone (94%) said they thought it was important that everyone is helped to recycle more.

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is committed to increasing recycling rates to meet targets of 50% by 2020 and 55% by 2025.

To achieve this, from autumn 2019 CBC will introduce:

  • Weekly food waste collections for everyone
  • Choice of wheelie bin or reusable bags for fortnightly garden waste collections, and
  • Potential kerbside glass collections for all

The three-weekly black bin collection option will be revisited in the long term when residents have been supported to recycle as much as possible. This should reduce black bin waste making three-weekly collection more manageable.

CBC residents did ask for more flexibility with the garden waste collection service. They will now be offered the choice of a wheelie bin or two reusable bags for garden waste collections.

Harmonise household waste collection

CBC was created from the merger of Bedfordshire County Council and Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire District Councils. These council had their own waste collection contracts. This meant that residents in the south of Central Bedfordshire received a different service to those in the north.

For example, households in the south had a glass collection service and those in the northern part had a weekly food waste collection service.

The new contract will offer the same waste collection service for all CBC households.