Date(s) - 05/20/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bedford DPW Garage
There’s a Recycle-Reuse doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, May 20 in Bedford. Town residents will have the opportunity to reuse or recycle a number of items and materials.
The opener of the day’s twin bill takes place at the DPW facility, 314 Great Road, where the Department of Public Works will host the spring recycling event on from 9 a.m. to noon. The ‘second game’ runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Law Office of Brown and Brown at 110 Great Road and residents can participate in a Swap’ n’ Drop.
DPW Recycle Day at the DPW Facility
“The DPW has had a reuse component at its recycling events the past two years,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “The response from residents has been great but the event has outgrown the space we have available at the DPW. Working with Transitions Bedford and OrganizingWorks, we are able to expand the reuse program.”
The lineup at the DPW that day includes paper shredding, and collection of residential construction debris, electronic waste, scrap metal, rigid plastics, rechargeable batteries and fluorescent lamps.
At the DPW, paper shredding will take place on site and Bedford residents will be limited to five boxes of documents. There will be three containers on site for construction waste, rigid plastics and scrap metal. The DPW staff will be there to assist residents.
“Construction waste is wood or other construction materials left over from the projects a homeowner has completed, said McGrath. “At the fall 2015 event, residents brought in more than seven tons of material.
“As for rigid plastics, we’ll take all those yard toys your children used years ago as well as broken plastic chairs, containers, and pails,” McGrath added, “and we’ll take fluorescent lamps and rechargeable batteries from residents who can’t get to the DPW during the week.”
A complete list of what residents can bring that day to each event is available on the DPW’s website http://www.bedfordma.gov/refuse-and-recycling.
“Residents should note that we will not be accepting televisions and computer screens at this event due to costs,” McGrath said. “Those items can be disposed of by calling Republic Services (1-800-442-9006, Option 2) and scheduling a bulk waste pick up.”
Swap’ n’ Drop at Brown & Brown, 110 The Great Road
At the Swap’ n’ Drop, residents can drop off kitchen and bath items and gently used toys, and if they see something they need or want, they can take the item home. Also at the Swap’ n’ Drop, holiday decorations will be collected for Christmas in the City, Bikes Not Bombs will be collecting bicycles and working laptops can be donated to Transitions Bedford which will upgrade the machines and pass them along to veterans living in shelters.
“We’re looking for small kitchen appliances, flatware, dishes, glasses and other items,” said McGrath. “From the bathroom, we’ll take linens and items like soap dishes. Whatever is left at the end of the day will be donated to Mission of Deeds in Reading.”
Bikes Not Bombs will take working bicycles and bikes that can be repaired. The organization sends bicycles overseas and requests $10 Donation to cover its costs.
Transitions Bedford collected laptops at last fall’s recycling event and hopes for a similar response this spring. Also last fall, about 200 pounds of holiday decorations, including artificial trees, were collected from residents and donated to Christmas in the City.
“This is a great opportunity to avoid trashing something in your house that someone else can use,” said McGrath. “The decorations will be given to families who cannot afford various holiday items for their homes.”