Saturday 30th May 2020
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Luton tidy tips

Luton’s household waste and recycling centres (tidy tips) have been closed during lockdown in response to government guidance to limit non-essential journeys.
Guidance has changed, which means household recycling centres can now be opened to dispose of waste that is presenting a hazard and cannot be legally and responsibly disposed of in other ways.
From 11 May the tidy tip on Eaton Green Road will re-open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. The situation will be reviewed regularly before the decision is made to open Progress Way. 
Please note: whilst opening hours are as stated above, the queue for tidy tips may close at 2.30pm. This is because the average waiting time is approximately two to three hours, so closing the queue at 2.30 will allow everyone to be able to dispose of their waste before the tip closes at 5pm.
There is very clear and strict guidance on the safe use of tidy tips - please read in full before turning up to the Eaton Green Road site.

​Neighbourhood recycling centres

If you have smaller recycling items, or do not receive glass box collections, you can visit one of our neighbourhood recycling centres.
There are a number of small, locally placed recycling banks across the town. This is to dispose of small quantities of recyclables such as:
  • glass bottles and jars
  • tins and cans
  • plastic bottles
  • in some cases, clothing
Please make sure you place these items in the correct bins and not beside them, as items on the street count as fly-tipping and will not be collected.
Visit Recycle Now to help you find where to recycle a specific item, what to put in your recycling at home and find your nearest recycling locations.

Changes to bin collections

We’re working hard to keep all bin collections going, but we're experiencing significant disruption to services due to the impact on our staffing levels. We also need to ensure the safety of you and our staff.

As a result we will be prioritising the collection of black waste bins and green recycling bins. We are also restarting collecting brown garden waste bins from Tuesday 5 May.
This means that until further notice we will be stopping the collection of all:
  • glass collections
  • food waste caddies
In order to prevent transmission of the virus, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.
These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
To help stop the spread of the virus and to keep our bin crews safe, please wipe down the handles of your bins before putting them out and taking them back inside.

Side waste

We're pleased to inform you we will remove all general side waste, but we urge all residents to try and keep side waste to a minimum of one black bag.
Please therefore use all opportunity to recycle items that are recyclable materials and we will continue to deliver further clear recycling sacks in order for you to have maximum capacity.
We would also ask that residents do not put heavy items eg  DIY waste in the waste bin so that our contractor can continue to send as much of the black bin waste as possible to Energy From Waste plants rather than landfill.

Disposing of waste

  • Dispose of any waste responsibly.
  • Do not be tempted to dump and items or to use a waste carrier that is not licensed.
  • Store any additional items until normal services resume.
  • Giving waste to illegal carriers is a breach of the household duty of care.
See the register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers page to find people or businesses who transport, buy, sell or dispose of waste, or arrange for someone else to do so.

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