Lineup set for DPW’s May 30 Recycling Event

Submitted by Ed McGrath, DPW Recycling Coordinator

recycleThe lineup is set for the Spring Collection event May 30. Bedford residents will once again be able to recycle Styrofoam and scrap metal and get important papers shredded. This year they’ll also be able to recycle fluorescent lamps, rechargeable and sealed lead acid batteries, mercury containing items, car batteries, tires and rigid plastics.

The Spring Collection will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works facility at 314 Great Road.

“We want to give people the opportunity to recycle a variety of items they no longer need,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s new recycling coordinator. “We also wanted to make available the collection of fluorescent lamps and rechargeable batteries to those residents who can’t get to the DPW during the week.”

As it did last year, the DPW is taking the more environmentally prudent approach to paper shredding. Doc Shredding will collect a maximum of five file boxes from each car on site and return to its facility where the paper will be shredded with energy created from solar power. A certificate of destruction will be available upon request.

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“We won’t be shredding paper on site that day,” McGrath said. “We are replicating the process Doc Shredding used last year in Bedford and uses with Homeland Security and other federal agencies.”

As for rigid plastics, McGrath said he’s seen plenty of it at the curb on Mondays. It’s a material that can be readily recycled but is difficult to collect in a curbside collection.
“Another town collected more than a ton of rigid plastics last year in a similar collection,” McGrath said. “If you have a bunch of plastic toys in your yard that you bought when your child was 5 and that child is graduating from high school this year, this is your chance clear your yard or garage.”

Specific information of what materials will be accepted May 30 is available on the DPW’s website (

  • Shredded Paper: 5 file boxes maximum per household. Residents do not need to remove staples, binder clips or paperclips.
  • Styrofoam: Packing blocks; Produce and Meat Trays (please rinse); Take out containers (please rinse); Hot beverage cups (such as Dunkin’ Donuts); Foam egg cartons; Food trays; White insulation sheets; #4 Polyethylene foam and #5 Polypropylene foam.
  • Fluorescent lamps and bulbs: 2-foot, 4-foot, 8-foot lamps; U- and circular bulbs; CFLs for lamps and light fixtures
  • Mercury containing items: Thermometers; Batteries (button cell, AA, AAA, etc.)
  • Batteries: Rechargeable (from power tools, laptops, phones, etc. (NiCd, NiMH, Lithium, etc.); Sealed Lead (Pb) Acid; Phone batteries
  • Scrap metal: Ferrous (e.g. steel, iron) and Non-Ferrous Metals (e.g. aluminum, copper, etc.) See :  / for more information
  • Tires: Passenger vehicles, SUV, truck tires. with or without rims
  • Rigid Plastics: Bulky plastic items such as tubs, totes, toys (e.g. slides, houses, etc.) 5-gallon buckets, carts, crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture


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