Redevelopment of Biggleswade Recycling Centre to start in early August

Biggleswade Household Waste Recycling Centre
Biggleswade Household Waste Recycling Centre

Work to redevelop Biggleswade household waste and recycling centre at Bells Brook starts on Monday, August 3.

The site will close for up to six months to allow work to take place.

Central Bedfordshire Council is making alternative weekend provision for residents to recycle garden waste in the car park area of its offices at Priory House near Shefford from August 8 to October 18.

A second alternative site is being investigated and will be widely publicised, including information on the council website,, once confirmed.

When it reopens in early 2016 the redeveloped tidy tip will have an improved layout and a modern split-level design that will allow residents to more easily dispose of their waste into containers from an elevated platform. Residents will also be able to recycle a wider range of materials there.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We appreciate the inconvenience that this will cause but we hope that residents will appreciate the longer term benefits that the redeveloped site will bring in terms of improved safety, better access throughout the tidy tip and the much improved traffic flow.

“We have a lot of work to do to create the high standard of facility that we want to provide for our residents and carrying out the work over the summer due to the mild weather will allow us to complete the redevelopment as quickly as possible to reduce disruption to residents.”

While the site is shut the council will be putting some alternative provision for garden waste in place, but for other waste residents will need to use alternative sites nearby until the tidy tip reopens.

Central Bedfordshire Council is in discussions with neighbouring authorities in Bedford, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire on the potential increase of people using their waste facilities over the next few months.

However, as these are already very busy the council is encouraging as many residents as possible to use one of the alternative sites in Central Bedfordshire.

For more information about the redevelopment of the tidy tip in Biggleswade, to see a list of alternative waste facilities or for other advice on disposing of household waste visit the council website

The Biggleswade redevelopment is part of a wider investment by the council to modernise and improve Household Waste Recycling Centres across Central Bedfordshire to ensure that they meet government standards and are well equipped to meet future needs as demands increase due to a growing population.

The contract to redevelop the sites has been awarded to a Shefford company, Modplan.

Clive Batchelor, Managing Director of Modplan said: “Modplan is extremely pleased to be working with Central Bedfordshire Council on such an important local project. We are looking forward to working with the council to ensure that the new Waste Recycling Centres are delivered on time and with minimal inconvenience.”