Thousands of Rotarians and Community Volunteers to Deliver Extraordinary Impact 

Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

Rotarians and Rotary Clubs from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, and the countries of Bermuda and Brazil will come together in an unprecedented effort to improve the lives of individuals and families in the communities they serve. In Bedford, Rotarians will be participating in two separate events to give back to their community on Saturday, May 20 – setting a new record-breaking ‘Rotary Day of Service.’

The Rotary Club of Bedford, in conjunction with the Bedford DPW, will collect rechargeable batteries for recycling at the Compost & Recycling Center at 108 Carlisle Road. This is one of Bedford’s Special Collection Events. Acceptable battery types for this collection:

  • Lithium, Lithium-ion, Lithium-polymer (single use and rechargeable)
  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Small Sealed Lead-acid
  • Devices with embedded batteries (such as electric toothbrush, NO Vape Pens)

Please NO leaking batteries (take to a Household Hazardous Waste collection), NO alkaline batteries (please throw these in the trash), and NO car batteries (undamaged batteries can be brought to Bedford Auto, 200 Great Road). Cell phones, iPads, and laptop computers are also accepted. The private company handling this material has provided a secured system to prevent data access.

Residents will not be allowed to exit their cars and Rotarians will be on hand to collect, sort, and properly package the batteries to meet state and national transportation codes. The elements contained in these batteries are rare and as we produce more electric vehicles recycling these elements is far more cost-effective than digging from the earth.  

Rotarians will also be at the 67th Annual Plant and Craft Fair at the First Parish on the Bedford Common, sharing information about native pollination systems, and the work being done to create a public pollinator garden in town.

“Every community within each of the 10 Rotary Districts participating in this first-of-its-kind venture will be impacted by volunteer efforts. We are excited to not only showcase what our Rotarians accomplish, but opening up our volunteer opportunities to community members makes for a great collaboration opportunity,” said Johnny Ahern, District Governor Nominee Designate for Rotary 7910, which has 32 Clubs planning projects for the Day of Service.

You don’t need to be in Rotary to volunteer

The Rotary Day of Service isn’t just for Rotarians. The projects welcome anyone who wants to “Get Behind the Wheel” and give back to their own communities. Those interested can simply visit RotaryDayOfService.org and click on the ‘Register to Volunteer’ tab to find the project/town they want to assist. Once registered, local clubs will be in touch to provide more details.

The 2023 Rotary Day of Service promises to be a rewarding day of friendship and community spirit that brings together tens of thousands of people who want to make a difference.

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