New Tidy Tip Opens Monday 23rd April

The old Dunstable tidy tip at French's Avenue closes down at 5pm on Sunday 22 April 2018.

The new depot at Thorn Turn, the Houghton Regis and Dunstable tidy tip, is due to open from Monday 23 April 2018.

CBC Tidy Tip sites are open Monday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm, including bank holidays. Closing time is when they go home, so, be sure to arrive well before 5pm. If cars are queueing you won't have time to empty the car out.

Grendall Lane (off Thorn Road)
Houghton Regis

Thorn Turn is the area between the A5 Watling Street just south of Chalk Hill and Thorn Road which runs from the A5 to the A5120. The new A5-M1 link road is in this location.

The development by Central Bedfordshire Council includes a new, bigger and better household waste recycling centre (tidy tip), a reuse shop, a salt barn for storing the salt used on roads in the winter, highways depot for vehicles and equipment, offices, land for commercial use (offices and/or general industrial use).

Central Bedfordshire Council's newly built facility features a tidy tip which will accept public and trade waste, and a highways and fleet vehicle depot for use by the council. The site will replace the existing French's Avenue tidy tip and the Brewers Hill highways depot, which are both in Dunstable.

The new site is the final part of an investment programme by the council to build or redevelop all its recycling sites within Central Bedfordshire, and follows the successful redevelopment of the Household waste recycling Centres at Ampthill, Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard.

Site: April 2016
Similar to the council's other sites, Thorn Turn will be a modern, two-level facility that allows residents to easily dispose of their waste into containers from an elevated platform. The spacious layout makes it easy, quick and convenient to use; increases safety and minimises congestion. The Thorn Turn site will also offer a 'pay by the weight' affordable trade waste and recycling service which will be open from 30 April, and later also a re-use shop on site for the public.

Site: November 2016
The site is also the main highways depot for the council. It incorporates a 5,000-tonne capacity barn for storing the salt used on roads in the winter, and a vehicle maintenance workshop. The depot also houses the council's school and day care transport vehicles. Previously the vehicles were kept in 16 locations. Council highways staff moved into the new offices on 15 January 2018.

Site: April 2017