'Don't Put Your Garden Waste Out Yet', Asks Council




The suspension of garden waste collections across Central Bedfordshire will remain in place until further notice. The council does not anticipate this service resuming in August, due to ongoing and significant LGV driver shortages.

Central Bedfordshire Council thank all our residents who are impacted by the suspension for their patience and ask them to continue to bear with us, whilst work is undertaken to resolve the disruption. The council is asking all residents to not leave their garden waste bins out for collection during this time.

For now, the council and FCC are continuing to prioritise crews and drivers to focus on the collection of critical household waste such as clinical waste, residual waste (black bin) and dry recycling collections – all of which remain unaffected.

Like many local authorities – both locally and nationally - Central Bedfordshire has been significantly affected by a national shortage of LGV drivers as well as staff needing to self-isolate due to the ongoing pandemic.  The result of this labour market pressure, which is affecting the whole economy, means that our waste collection teams have been stretched to the limit.  The council and its contractors have increased efforts to stabilise crew numbers, to reduce the strain being caused.

Once garden waste collections resume, all residents will be updated on the situation via the council’s website.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services said, “We want to let residents know that at this stage, the ongoing impact of driver shortages is continuing to impact on our ability to resume garden waste collections – and could continue to do so for several weeks.

“We are sorry that our residents are being impacted by the suspension – and we thank them for their patience, whilst our teams work hard to prioritise critical household waste collections and explore different avenues to resolve the staffing shortages.

“We encourage residents to help us during this time, by looking at alternative ways to manage their garden waste – such as the use of home composting where possible.”

Garden waste can still be recycled at any of the council’s four Household Waste Recycling Centres which are open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, including Bank Holidays. Additional appointment slots have been added to help residents. Find out more and how to book a slot online.

The council will keep this decision under constant review and update residents through its waste disruption website. 




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