Directory of Places to Recycle

Every item we buy from food and its packaging to electrical goods takes energy and materials to create. By reducing what we buy, avoiding single-use packaging, re-using, re-purposing, donating to others and with whatever is left, recycling, we can make a positive difference in reducing carbon emissions by reducing the amount of new material required.

Luckily we all have a kerbside collection in the form of either the green lidded wheelie bin or orange sacks for recycling - the things placed in there need to be clean and dry and as flat as possible. Ideally lids should be replaced on all plastic bottles once squashed, and foil should be made into a ball the size of a tennis ball. Central Bedfordshire Council also provides a small brown bin for food waste which is made into both electricity and fertiliser.

The Central Bedfordshire Waste Services web pages give information about what can be accepted in each bin and is a great place to start. Waste and recycling | Central Bedfordshire Council

Unfortunately a lot of packaging cannot be placed in the recycle bin.

This directory gives information about the local drop off points to anyone living in or around the Ampthill area that wishes to recycle more.

Just click on the item you wish to recycle and it will give you your local options. The main organisation that collects recycling is TerraCycle and all the money made goes to charity so it is for a very good cause.

Please only leave the correct recycling at drop off points because leaving items not requested makes sorting the recycling more difficult and it then has to be disposed of. For example, only leave crisp packets at crisp packet drop offs and only medication blister packs at medication blister pack drop offs.

Remember that the aim is to reduce carbon emissions and environmental harm so we suggest that you avoid making special car journeys or try to go when you have built up a good collection of material. You could even start a small collection group in your street to gather even more material and reduce travel.

Good luck in your recycling journey.

Aerosol Cans (sprays) like hairspray, air freshener etc. can be put in your  green lidded bin or orange bag.

 

 

Asthma Inhalers-  

Click the link below;

https://tevascheme.tevauk.com/pharmacy/support/inhaler-recycling

There is a local drop off point in Leighton Buzzard but please read the web site first.

Ballons & Banners –  used foil balloons and banners can be recycled by handing in at

The Card Factory in Bedford or Milton Keynes.   

The Card Factory, 17A Harpur Centre, Bedford, MK40 1TP OR

The Card Factory,93/95, Silbury Arcade ,  Milton Keynes, MK9 3AG

The Foil Balloons Recycling Programme · TerraCycle  

Batteries - Leave on black wheelie bin in a plastic bag on bin collection day, or take to:

Ampthill Tidy Tip, Abbey Lane, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2SA (By appointment only).

https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/2/waste_and_recycling/612/household_waste_recycling_centres_tidy_tips

Other local options;

Local recycling | Recycle Now  

 

 

Biscuit and nut wrappers can be left in the recycling wheelie bin with the Terracycle poster on,  at

Westoning Village Hall, 34 Church Road, Westoning, Bedfordshire, MK45 5JL

Co-Op 'soft plastic recycling' accept crisp packets to; Barton le Clay 85 Bedford Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK45 4LL England, The Co-Op,  Marston Moretaine 1 Station Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK43 0PH.

Recycling for the Co-Op must be clean, dry and scrunched into a ball.

Soft Plastic Recycling - Co-op (coop.co.uk)

 

 

Car Engine Oil –

Ampthill tidy tip has a dedicated container. Please book an appointment;

Household Waste Recycling Centres (Tidy tips) | Central Bedfordshire Council

Abbey Ln, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2SA

Babybell and Cathedral City packaging can be recycled at;

Westoning Village Hall, 34 Church Road, Westoning, MK45 5JL   Or    21 Cantle Ave, Downs Barn, Milton Keynes MK14 7RJ

https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades/cheesepackaging-uk

Flash, Ariel, Fairy, Lenor & Febreze packets-   

St Mary's Church, The Green, Marston Moretaine,  MK430NF

The Air, Home and Laundry Care Recycling Programme | TerraCycle UK · TerraCycle   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packets from cleaning products like Vanish, Finish and Dettol can be taken to;

Westoning Village Hall, 34 Church Road, Westoning, MK45 5JL

The RB® Hygiene Home Recycling Programme | TerraCycle UK · TerraCycle

 

The things can be dropped off just inside the church. Opening hours 10am until 3pm daily.

Parking available directly outside the church opposite the school but limited availability at school drop off and pick up times as there is limited space.  Parking also available opposite the cottages in the access road.

   Leave inside the church. Open hours 10am til 3pm daily.

Local Charity Shops;

* Barnardo’s – China Town Take Away, Rose Walk, Ampthill, Bedfordshire MK45 2EY

*RSPCA - 117 Dunstable St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2NG

*Mercy in Action - 113 Dunstable St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2NG

*The Willen Hospice Shop, The Market House, 6 Church St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2EH

*Keech Hospice, 1 Cowlgrove Parade, Steppingley Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1AJ

*Sue Ryder, 35-37 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9JP

* The British Heart Foundation, 22 Silver Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK, MK40 1SU

*Emmaus Village, Carleton - School Ln, Bedford MK43 7LQ      https://emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/ 

 

Photograph from Black Cat Photography (Carl Ryan)

The Willen Hospice Shop, Ampthill.

Tassimo & L'Or brand pods & Kenco jar lids accepted taken at 29 Constable Close, Dunstable. LU5 5ST

Taylors of Harrogate brand coffee pods – 20 Hunter Close, Shortstown, MK42 0FN.

All coffee pod brands taken at Downs Barn, 21 Cantle Ave, Downs Barn, Milton Keynes MK14 7RJ.

Lavazza pods - 20 Hunter Close, Shortstown, MK42 0FN

Flitwick Health Centre at the Highlands have a box for all used Colgate products.

Please note they can not accept the new metal toothbrush handles. This is plastic recycling.

(The clinic building to the left, not the Doctors building itself).

 

Ampthill Tidy tip. Please make sure that you have wiped all personal information off first.

 Ampthill Tidy Tip, Abbey Ln, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2SA (By appointment only).

https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/2/waste_and_recycling/612/household_waste_recycling_centres_tidy_tips

 

Dell have a recycling scheme, if you buy a new Dell product they will recycle your old one of any make & model.

How to Recycle | Dell Technologies US 

Acuvue Brand - their blister packs and foil covers can be given in at -

Ideal Eyewear Ltd, 110 The Hawthorns, Flitwick, MK45 1FN

Westoning Village Hall, 34 Church Road, Westoning. Bedfordshire, MK45 5JL
Shortstown, 20 Hunter Close, Shortstown, Bedford MK42 0FN.

Please do NOT tie the crisp bags into knots. Flatten and leave flat. Thankyou 🙂 

Alternative choice to buy plastic free crisp packets;

Flitvale Garden Centre in Flitwick and Dolly’s Barn sell crisps in plastic free bags made by the ‘Two Farmers’ brand. These are compostable plastic free bags and are eco friendly.

(And delicious!)

Co-Op 'soft plastic recycling' accept crisp packets to; Barton le Clay 85 Bedford Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK45 4LL England, The Co-Op,  Marston Moretaine 1 Station Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK43 0PH.

Recycling for the Co-Op must be clean, dry and scrunched into a ball.

Soft Plastic Recycling - Co-op (coop.co.uk)

These can be donated to animal rescue centres.

Phone the centre then arrange to drop off items.

Small Electrical items like old electric toothbrushes, kettles, irons, calculators etc. can be left out with your wheelie bin but must be separate from the bin, not inside it. Batteries must be removed.

Fridges and freezers can be collected from your door by the council but there is a charge;

Bulky waste, fridge and freezer collections | Central Bedfordshire Council

Small or large electrical items can be taken to Ampthill Tidy Tip.  (Please check the rules if driving a large business van because the tip is only designed for household waste taken in cars.)

Place vegetable and fruit peelings, bones and organic food waste into your small brown food waste bin. Never put food waste into landfill. (Landfill is your main black bin).

Food waste in landfill doesn't harmlessly rot away. It creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

For food in edible condition use the Olio app - give away food you can no longer use. For example if you buy cat food and your cat dislikes it! (Or ask if your neighbours want it.)

OLIO – The #1 Free Sharing App (olioex.com) 

Food Banks

There is usually a food bank donation trolley at Flitwick Tesco's - this is between the window and till area. Buy packaged non perishable food (tinned food, dry pasta & rice, soap, toilet tissue etc) and these will be taken to the local food bank.

The most eco friendly option is to try to reduce food waste by planning meals and using scraps to make other meals. For example boil up your clean vegetable peelings with some stock (palm oil free) and make a delicious soup.

Please note if the furniture is upholstered it can only be taken with the fire safety label still attached.

Emmaus Village in School Lane, Carleton near Bedford take clothes, toys, bric a brac and good quality furniture which they collect for free.  You need to telephone to book drop off or collection.

https://emmaus.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5a_b4s6v8QIVRbTtCh2RWgqJEAAYASAAEgLW3vD_BwE

The British Heart Foundation will also collect good quality furniture, electrical and homeware;

https://www.bhf.org.uk/shop/donating-goods/book-furniture-collection-near-me  

Preen Community Interest Company Furniture Bank,  2, Shortmead Industrial, Sun St, Biggleswade SG18 0BP

Preen Community Interest Company | Facebook 

Freecycle - advertise furniture and things you no longer want for others to come and collect.

Freecycle: Front Door 

Soft plastics are not easily recycled in the curbside recycling as they are difficult to separate from the hard plastic.

Soft plastics are;  All plastic bags.

Please do not put biodegradable or compostable bags in this recycling.      

Things you can put in 'Soft plastics and Film' are;

Bread bags, Breakfast cereal liners, Shrink wrap & ring joiners from multipacks or cans etc, Frozen food bags, e.g. bags for frozen vegetables, chips, etc, Dry cleaning bags/bags covering new clothing, Magazine and newspaper wrappers, plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables, Bubble wrap, Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) – resin ID code 4.

All these ‘film’ type plastics can be dropped off at the Co-Op in Station Road Marston.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE;

Food and drink pouches,

Wrappers from bakeries, e.g. bags with lots of small holes in them,

Film lids from trays and pots, e.g. yoghurt pots.

Please do not put any dirty bags or film, for example containing food,

No crisp packets or , pre-prepared salad bags.

The Co-Op, Marston Moretaine 1 Station Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK43 0PH England

Waitrose, Ampthill?

Please do not place light bulbs or drinking glasses in the bottle banks. Only glass with the recycle logo label on.

There are many bottle banks to deposit glass;

Waitrose Supermarket Car Park, Bedford Street, Ampthill, MK45 2LU

Ampthill Household Recycling Centre, Abbey Road, Ampthill, MK45 2SA

Parkside Hall, Woburn Street ,Ampthill, MK45 2HX

Flitwick Tesco, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1LX

Flitwick Leisure Centre, Steppingley Road, MK45 1TH

Church End, Eversholt, MK17 9DU

Marston Millenium Park, The Forest Centre, MK43 OPR

The Bell Pub, Westoning, MK45 5JH

The Old Sun Inn, Harlington, LU5 6LS

The Village Hall, 3, Pembroke Road, Houghton Conquest, MK45 3LE

Beverley Court, Clophill, MK45 4AY

Garden Waste – most plant material can be put in your garden waste bin or sacks, but check the Central Bedfordshire Waste Services web pages if you are not sure.  Green waste can also be taken to: 

Ampthill Tidy Tip, Abbey Ln, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2SA.

https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/2/waste_and_recycling/612/household_waste_recycling_centres_tidy_tips/2v   

However we would encourage you to compost as much as possible at home as this reduces the energy required to transport and process the waste, AND creates lovely compost that you can use to pot up plants and add as a mulch to feed your borders. You can order a compost bin from the council for £22.49 or make your own from old pallets.

Home composting | Central Bedfordshire Council 

The Liquid hand soap PUMPS (not bottle) can not be placed in your recycling wheelie bin.

Carex, Imperial Leather or Baylis and Harding brand pumps for hand soap bottles can be taken to drop off point at;   St Marys Church, The Green, Marston, MK43 0NF

The drop off point is inside the Church and is straight in front of you as you stand at the door. See photo above.  Open daily 10am til 3pm

For other brands of hand soap see;

Free Recycling Programmes · TerraCycle

The plastic hand soap bottles can have the pump removed and placed in curbside recycling.

Note that sprays on household spray bottles can be left on for green bin/ orange bag, it is only the hand soap pumps that can not be recycled.

OR

Refill your old hand soap bottles at;

Flitvale Garden Centre, Flitwick Rd, Westoning, Bedford MK45 5AA 

(65 pence per 100mls - Sept 2021)

The Store, 26 St Cuthbert's St, Bedford MK40 3JG

 

  • See Refill page of directory for more details

 

If doing household maintenance and decorating you can take the hard core waste to Ampthill Tidy Tip.

Abbey Lane, Ampthill, MK45 2SA

Hard plastics are things like old washing up bowls, laundry baskets, manual toothbrush handles (brush head bristles must be removed), water butts, plastic garden furniture.

These can be taken to the dedicated container at Ampthill Tidy Tip but please note there is limited capacity and the facility is not always available.

 Junk mail – unwanted flyers and advertisements can be reduced from coming through your letter box in 3 easy steps.

1) Put a sign on your letterbox ‘ No Flyers’      

 2) Tell Royal Mail. Click on link to find out how to request Royal Mail stop your junk mail.

https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/293/~/how-do-i-opt-out-of-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material%3F?fbclid=IwAR3ci6eADG5rs06InBknsfMwdpEuuI76zypCSfACwekRELSzt_yMtW3Sx2w  

3) Request other companies stop using your home address;

https://www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/junk-mail?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl729rtev8QIVAQB7Ch06gAKWEAAYASAAEgJj5PD_BwE

Light bulbs –

Ampthill Tidy Tip, Abbey Ln, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2SA (By appointment only).

Leighton Buzzard Household Waste Recycling Centre, Shenley Hill Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3BT

Don't be tempted to recycle your old light bulbs with your glass bottles and jars. They are made from a different type of glass and also contain metal parts.

Make up containers – 

The Body Shop – They take all plastic make up packaging, even mascara etc but cannot take glass.

Body Shop Bedford,  12 Silver St, Bedford MK40 1SU, 

Milton Keynes -24, Midsummer Arcade, Milton Keynes MK9 3BB

John Lewis now have ‘beautycycle’. When you buy new products at their beauty counter you return the old containers and receive £5 off your next purchase if you return 5 containers to them. You are required to sign up to it.

https://www.johnlewis.com/our-services/beautycycle?originalSearchTerm=beautycycle  

Weleda and Deciem accept their own product containers back for recycling free of charge but sadly  there are no drop off points nearby. (Although if you buy from a rep you can usually return the containers to them.)

Most make up sprays and labels can be taken at ; 20 Hunter Close, Shortstown, MK42 0FN.

Maybeline make up products;   Boots, Interchange Retail Park, Interchange Retail Park, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 7AZ

Medication blister packs for recycling. Superdrug The Chemist will take these.

Milton Keynes; Superdrug, Unit 4 Woolworth Development, Midsummer Arcade, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BB,     

Bedford- Superdrug, 13-15 All Hallows, Bedford, MK40 1LN

Please put packs into a plastic bag and drop into their dedicated box inside the store.

Metal items – Ampthill Tidy Tip, Abbey Ln, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2SA

(By appointment only).

https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/2/waste_and_recycling/612/household_waste_recycling_centres_tidy_tips/2v

Mobile phones-

Household Waste Recycling Centre, Progress Way, off Toddington Road, Luton, Sundon, LU4 9TR 

Kingston Park, Tesco, 1 Winchester Circle, Kingston, Milton Keynes, MK10 0AH

Currys, UNIT 3 ST Johns, Rope Walk, Bedford, MK42 0XE

O2, 96 Arndale Centre, Luton, LU1 2TQ

Please ensure all personal data is removed before disposal.

Nappies – sadly disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Consider cloth napkins as a money saving alternative. There is a nappy Library if you are interested. See link below.

Disposable nappies can only be placed in your general waste bin.

The cloth napkin service below is excellent. It costs nothing to try and there is free advice and support. The Library is excellent.

https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/2/waste_and_recycling/609/real_nappy_cashback/4

Pens and Bic writing products

All pens & highlighters;  Rymans stationers, 64 High St, Bedford MK40 1NT – Dedicated box in store

Phillips Dental Care Products

Westoning Village Hall, 34 Church Road, Westoning. Bedfordshire, MK45 5JL

This is Sonnicare electric toothbrush heads, Sonnicare Air flosser heads, Philips floss and flossers.

Sadly this can be recycled but there is very limited availability to do this and nothing in Bedfordshire. It can be repurposed for things like breaking it up into the base of plant pots or tubs to aid drainage or used to stuff soft toys or bean bags.  (Repurpose & Reuse)

Pet food pouches;  

Downs Barn,  21 Cantle Ave, Downs Barn, Milton Keynes MK14 7RJ

Pet food wrappers at the Co Op soft plastics recycling –

Marston, 1 Station rd, MK43 0PH

OR Barton, 85 Bedford Rd, MK45 4LL, 

OR  Silsoe, Mander Farm Rd, Barton Way.

PolyVinyl  Chloride

 Old inflatables like paddling pools, toys like Flamingos and rubber rings can be posted to;

Wyatt and Jack

https://www.wyattandjack.com/pages/faqs?fbclid=IwAR2nOV3FZaXdcAMnM6qmG4fKc2eeCTjtubdtjE-6Cz7Z-GIb9Nej-8GmJqI

They will make them into trendy hand bags.

Printer Cartridges can be dropped at;

Tesco Extra, Kingston, Milton Keynes or Tesco, Cardington Road Bedford.

Send off in an envelope to  https://www.recycle4charity.co.uk/Home.aspx

Rymans Stationary Shop in Bedford , 64 High St, Bedford MK40 1NT

(They even take laser printer cartridges) Hand them in at the counter.

Laser printer cartridges; https://info.banneruk.com/respectful-recycling

 

Razor heads (Gillette)  - 

get your free envelope to post old razors off at   

https://www.gillette.co.uk/recycle.list

Apply online and Gillette send you a free envelope. Juts place your old razors in here and post back for recycling.

Post in ANY Royal Mail Red Post Box with your letters.

Royal Mail have confirmed they will reuse these.

Shoes – good quality shoes can be donated to a local charity shop.

Local Charity Shops;

Barnardo’s – China Town Take Away, Rose Walk, Ampthill, Bedfordshire MK45 2EY

RSPCA - 117 Dunstable St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2NG

Mercy in Action - 113 Dunstable St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2NG

The Willen Hospice Shop, The Market House, 6 Church St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2EH

Keech Hospice, 1 Cowlgrove Parade, Steppingley Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1AJ

Sue Ryder, 35-37 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9JP

The British Heart Foundation, 22 Silver Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK, MK40 1SU

Emmaus Village, Carleton - School Ln, Bedford MK43 7LQ      https://emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/

 

Spectacles/ Glasses

Punch Opticians, 18 High St, Toddington, Dunstable LU5 6BY

Punch Opticians – Eyeware and Eyecare for all the family

 

 

   

Lots of parking spaces available outside of shop.

To recycle stamps there are a few options;

Sign up and send through the post to Sight Savers;   

https://www.sightresearchuk.org/how-you-can-help/ways-give/donate-your-used-stamps/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_7aDm9Cw8gIVVeh3Ch3MZA8jEAAYAyAAEgJq0_D_BwE

Note; If Collectable stamps then they can be donated to Oxfam in St Peter’s Square, Bedford for resale to specialist collectors.

OR post any stamps (Used standard/ normal stamps OR collectable stamps) to;

Willen Hospice, The Well, Newport Road, Willen, Milton Keynes, MK15 9AA

These can be sold worldwide on the Willen Hospice Ebay shop.

‘Aqua Optima’ brand can be recycled in Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

Other brands; Tesco, 125 Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BG, Beds,

Argos at Bedford (Kempston) Retail Park. Unit K, Interchange Retail Park, Race Meadows Way, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7AZ

Refill your dry foods and home detergents instead of buying more plastic. 

Refill at Flitvale Garden Centre, Flitwick Rd, Westoning, Bedford MK45 5AA

Pasta, Rice, Nuts, Seeds, Lentils & Pulses
Local Wooden Hill Coffee beans
Woburn butchers meat
Fresh local vegetables & fruit
Flour & other specialized foods
 
*Large car park next to shop /garden centre

The refill shop in Bedford is 'The Store' and has a large range of refils, 26 St Cuthbert's St, Bedford MK40 3JG

Weigh your empty container first, print a label of it's weight. Then fill it up with what you want, scan the weight label and then reweigh the container when full (to remove the weight of the container) print final label. The new label will display the cost.

Take to the till & pay.   Easy!

Home delivery;

Phil will bring his electric car to your door and supply refills of dry goods like rice, pasta, nuts etc and eco friendly soaps. See his web site for details.

Re-phil's - Zero Waste, Delivery Service (rephils.co.uk)

Westoning TerraCycle can accept;

Crips packets, Pringles tubes, Biscuit, cake bar and nut wrappers, Babybell & all brands of cheese wrappers, Philips dental Care products, 6 packet plastic can carrier rings, dishwasher, cleaning and fragrance flexible packaging and clean bread bags. 

 

 

 

Click on link to web site

Waste and recycling | Central Bedfordshire Council

The Tidy tip will take;

Batteries

Carpets (not carpet tiles)

Electricals - small and large white goods

Hard Plastics - please note this service is not always available

Gas cylinders - helium, BBQ etc

Glass - all bottles & jars 

Garden Waste

Hardcore & rubble

Light bulbs

Metal

Paint - gloss & matt but please do not mix

Textiles - clean clothes and shoes in good condition can be left in the charity containers

Timber

Tyres

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