Submitted by Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator
Early opening of Compost Center and delay of Curbside Yard Waste Collection
With the end of winter and the unlikelihood of another major snowstorm, the Department of Public Works is expanding its Yard Waste program to help residents clear their property of tree branches and other yard waste that Old Man Winter left behind.
“We know there are a lot of downed tree branches all over town. So, to help Bedford residents dispose of these branches, we are opening a dawn to dusk drop-off across from the Bedford Police Station and extending the hours of the Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road,” said DPW Director David Manugian.
Collecting Tree Branches
From Saturday, March 31, to Friday, April 6, the DPW is placing two dumpsters in the parking lot on Mudge Way to collect tree branches. The DPW will empty the containers as needed. Branches can be dropped off any time from dawn to dusk at the two designated dumpsters.
At the Compost Center on Carlisle Road
Also, the DPW is opening the Compost Center on Saturday, March 31 and every Saturday in April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the facility will be open every Wednesday in April from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At the Compost Center, tree limbs greater than one inch (1”) in diameter can be placed in the brush pile. Yard Waste and tree debris less than one inch in diameter can be placed in the compost pile. Only kraft paper style biodegradable bags are allowed to be dropped off. Residents should empty plastic trash bags or containers of yard waste and bring them home for reuse.
Curbside Yard Waste Collection
As for the Curbside Yard Waste Collection, the DPW is postponing the collection until the week of April 23-27.
“This collection is for leaves, pine needles, twigs and other yard waste not for the larger tree branches,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “We will not be collecting tree limbs in the curbside collection because the trucks dump the material in the compost pile.”
Acceptable yard waste for the curbside collection between April 23 and April 27 consists of leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, garden trimmings, weeds and tree material up to one inch (1”) in diameter. Only yard waste in kraft paper style biodegradable bags, available at a variety of stores, and uncovered barrels will be picked up at the curb.