Here’s how the One-Time Collection will work to clear the backlog of garden waste in central Bedfordshire

A one-off collection of garden waste must begin on Monday, October 18 in order to reduce the backlog of waste after the suspension of collections in July.

The Central Beds Council contractor, FCC, has been unable to collect household garden waste since late July due to the nationwide shortage of LGV drivers – with available drivers prioritizing black bin collection, recycling and waste food from 120,000 properties each week.

But garden waste will now be collected for a two-week period in October, which runs from October 18 to October 30.

There will be a one-time yard waste collection to help clear the backlog

This collection will help eliminate the backlog of waste in residents’ garden bins before the winter period.

However, this does mean that the drivers are redeployed from the usual weekly food waste collections for two weeks, and food waste will not be collected during this time.

And if you miss your collection, the drivers won’t come back.

During this period, the council asks people to compost food waste at home whenever possible, fill their garbage can with food waste ready for collection or throw it in their black bin – double bagging food waste. can help reduce odors.

During this two-week window, residents are invited to drop off their garden trash, or their two bags issued by the town hall, at the curb from 7 a.m. for a one-off collection.

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This should be done the same week and the same day that residents have their recycling picked up.

Food waste collections will normally resume after the two week period starting Monday, November 1.

Due to the high volumes of garden waste expected, the collection teams will only collect in garden bins or in two bags issued by the municipality and will not collect any additional waste.

The council cannot come back if residents forget to take out their trash or bags.

If your route is not visited on the scheduled day, teams will return as soon as they can, so residents are asked to continue to leave their bins or bags outside.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member of Community Services, said: “We are delighted to be able to recover the backlog of garden waste. I would like to once again thank the residents for their patience and understanding over the past two months and apologize for the difficulties the suspension has caused for the residents.

“To help us manage the expected volume of garden waste to be collected, residents can continue to help us reduce demand by throwing their garden waste into one of our good deals if possible, or by subscribing to our offer. subsidized home composting. garbage can. Some food waste such as vegetable peelings and tea bags can also be composted at home during the two week break in collections.

“We would like to remind residents that due to the high volumes of garden waste expected, collection teams will only be able to collect either one garden garbage can or two bags issued by the council. We will not be returning if residents forget to take out their trash / bags.

Residents with sufficient space in their gardens are encouraged to compost at home. You can also buy a subsidized 220 liter compost bin and have it delivered to your home for as little as £ 16.50 (plus £ 5.99 delivery).

Garden waste collections are suspended in winter when demand for the service is low, from December to February inclusive.

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