New Household Waste Recycling Centre

Thorn Turn Household Waste Recycling Centre (tidy tip)

The new Thorn Turn Household Waste Recycling Centre (tidy tip) on Grendall Lane, Houghton Regis, LU5 6GJ will be open to the public from 9am on Monday 23 April 2018.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s newly built facility features a tidy tip which will accept public and trade waste, and a highways and fleet vehicle depot for use by the council. The site will replace the existing French’s Avenue tidy tip and the Brewers Hill highways depot, which are both in Dunstable.

The new site is the final part of an investment programme by the council to build or redevelop all its recycling sites within Central Bedfordshire, and follows the successful redevelopment of the Household waste recycling Centres at Ampthill, Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard.

Similar to the council’s other sites, Thorn Turn will be a modern, two-level facility that allows residents to easily dispose of their waste into containers from an elevated platform. The spacious layout makes it easy, quick and convenient to use; increases safety and minimises congestion. The Thorn Turn site will also offer a ‘pay by the weight’ affordable trade waste and recycling service which will be open from 30 April, and later also a re-use shop on site for the public.

The site is also the main highways depot for the council. It incorporates a 5,000-tonne capacity barn for storing the salt used on roads in the winter, and a vehicle maintenance workshop. The depot also houses the council’s school and day care transport vehicles. Previously the vehicles were kept in 16 locations. Council highways staff moved into the new offices on 15 January 2018.

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