Submitted by Bedford Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works will once again host the semi-annual collection of hard to recycle materials. Returning for Fall 2023 is ReCOLOR Paints, Electronics & Small Appliance recycling as well as secure Paper Shredding. Styrofoam, Tires, and Propane Tanks will also be collected. These events help to keep valuable materials out of the waste stream and lessen the environmental burden of producing virgin materials.
New this year, Bulky Rigid Plastics (such as buckets, laundry baskets, and plastic lawn furniture) will be moving to a permanent recycling center drop-off later this Fall.
Events are free and will be held on Saturday, October 7, and Saturday, October 21, from 9 am-1 pm at the Compost & Recycling Center, 108 Carlisle Rd. Residents are asked to stagger their arrival alphabetically by last name to avoid traffic impacts on Carlisle Rd and Winterberry Way. A-F 9-10; G-M 10-11; N-Z 11-noon; All residents noon-1PM
A blue resident sticker or proof of residency is required to attend. Bedford residents only – no commercial waste or vehicles. Skip the wait and pick up your free resident sticker at the DPW Building, 314 Great Rd during business hours. Please bring your vehicle registration with you when requesting a sticker.
The DPW has put together a FAQ document to help residents understand what to bring and what to leave at home. Please review the document before attending: https://www.bedfordma.gov/809/Special-Collection-Events
There is no general-purpose dumpster on site and residents will be asked to bring unacceptable materials back home with them.
Other resident drop-off areas of the Compost & Recycling Center will be open during the event, including yard waste, cardboard, glass, and scrap metal as well as the Universal Waste shed for safe disposal of mercury-containing items, such as fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries.
Have something else to get rid of? Check the Waste Wizard tool on the Town Website. Now with nearly 800 search terms, disposal advice is only a click away.