Textile Recycling Headlines DPW Recycling Event ~ Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to noon

Submitted by Ed McGrath, Bedford’s DPW Recycling Coordinator

The Bedford Department of Public Works is holding its Spring Recycling Event on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW building at 314 Great Road.

Among the items to be collected: Textiles, paper, scrap metal, fluorescent lamps, items containing mercury, sealed acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, propane tanks for grills and camp stoves, tires, and fire extinguishers.

Textile Recycling

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Helpsy Corp. of Wilmington will be on site to collect clothing, household linens, and other items.

Helpsy accepts men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. This includes dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, gloves, hats and accessories such as belts, ties, and scarves. Helpsy will also take wallets, purses, backpacks, totes, shoes, sandals, towels, bedding and linens.

“My contact at Helpsy said it would take anything you can wear, anything you can sleep on and anything you can dry off with,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “Helpsy describes clean items as something that came from your closet or drawers and doesn’t smell.”

Residents should bring textiles in a plastic bag to prevent items from getting wet.

“This is an opportunity to recycling all those single socks, shoes or glove,” said McGrath. “Clothing that is worn, is missing a button, has a broken zipper or has a tear or stain is easily recycled. The end use for this material is carpet padding or auto insulation.”


The DPW will also collect paper for shredding in secure toters that will be sent to Office Paper Recovery Systems of Wilmington. There is a limit of five file boxes per car.

For shredded paper, residents will put their documents in a toter which will be locked when full. OPRS will pick up the toters on Monday and shred the paper at its Wilmington facility. McGrath said he is planning to have paper shredded on-site at the Fall Recycling Event in October.

For More Information

More information is available at the DPW’s website: https://www.bedfordma.gov/recycling.

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