Fire Extinguishers Head the List of Accepted Items at October 14 Recycling Event

At last autumn’s event, unwanted metal items went into a front-end loader for transfer into the dumpster that carried them away – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

Submitted by Ed McGrath, Bedford DPW Recycling Coordinator

The Bedford Department of Public Works will host its fall recycling event on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW facility at 314 Great Road.

This event will have a similar look to past events with one exception. The DPW will be accepting fire extinguishers for the first time.

“I learned of a fire safety company in Acton that will take the fire extinguishers,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “This company will discharge the extinguishers and recycle the spent containers.”

There will be two containers on site for rigid plastics and scrap metal. The DPW staff will be there to assist residents.

The other materials to be collected that day are propane tanks; tires (cars, SUVs, light trucks); fluorescent lamps; mercury containing items such as thermometers and thermostats; as well as sealed lead-acid batteries and rechargeable batteries.

Back by popular demand will be on-site paper shredding. Bedford residents will be limited to five boxes of documents and they’ll be able to watch their papers get destroyed.

A complete list of what residents can bring that day is available on the DPW’s website https://www.bedfordma.gov/refuse-and-recycling.

“As for rigid plastics, we’ll take all those yard toys your children used years ago, as well as plastic lawn or patio chairs that didn’t survive the summer, 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.”


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