Submitted by Ed McGrath, Bedford DPW Coordinator
The Bedford Department of Public Works will host an autumn recycling event on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW facility, 314 The Great Road.
This autumn’s event will be a little different from recent events
The big change is paper shredding will take place on site that morning. Bedford residents will be limited to five boxes of documents and they’ll be able to watch their papers get shredded.
Another change is there will not be a Styrofoam collection. “Unfortunately, the company we’ve been using to recycle Styrofoam closed in May,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “We’re trying to find another option, but right now, Styrofoam should go out with your trash.”
The other change is the group “Transition Bedford” will be collecting laptop computers. The laptops will be upgraded or repaired and given to veterans living at a homeless shelter in Lowell and to the VA Computer Lab.
The other materials being collected that day are: scrap metal, fluorescent lamps, mercury containing items, sealed lead acid batteries and rechargeable batteries, propane tanks, and tires (cars, SUVs, light trucks).
The company “Recycle That” is returning and will provide residents the opportunity to have a variety of items reused or recycled. “Recycle That” will accept clothing and fashion accessories, towels and linens, purses, backpacks and totes, shoes and sandals, and jewelry and watches. Also accepted are hard and soft cover books, audio books, CDs, DVDs (movies, music, and games), small household goods, toys and stuffed animals.
A complete list of what residents can bring that day is available on the DPW’s website https://www.bedfordma.gov/refuse-and-recycling.