Booking ahead no longer needed for Barkers Lane ‘tidy tip’


The booking system for Bedford Borough’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane will be “turned off” this weekend after almost five months.

Read: Bedford Tidy Tip to reopen ‘by appointment’ from Monday 11 May

This will mean Bedfordians can head to the ‘tip’ with their household waste as they please.  during normal opening hours from 9am on Monday 11 October.

But, council officials say that there will still be limited space at the site, so some people may be turned away if queues extend along Barkers Lane.

They’ll also have to prove they’re a Bedford Borough resident by showing a current council tax bill, utility bill or a photo ID that includes their address.

With Fridays and weekends expected to be the busiest times, particularly 9am to 1pm and 3.30pm to 5pm, people are being asked to avoid these peak times where possible.

“I would like to thank all of our council and HWRC workers who have worked hard to keep this important public facility open during the pandemic,” said Cllr Charles Royden (Brickhill, Lib Dems).

“The temporary online booking system was extremely effective and enabled us to manage the site to keep staff and residents safe.”

The council says ID is required to make sure the service is only used by local people. They’ll also be reinstating the previous permit scheme for trailers and vans.

This is so DIY waste is only disposed of by those permitted to do so. To request a permit and get more information about visiting the HWRC, go to

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