Last Call ~ Compost Center and Curbside Yard Waste Collection

Rows of compost waiting to turn into healthy soil at Bedford’s Compost Center on Carlisle Road – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

It’s not too late to rake the yard and get rid of the spoils of your efforts.

The Department of Public Works will conduct another curbside collection of yard waste next week and the Compost Center at 108 Carlisle Road will be open on Wednesday and Saturday for residents who are wrapping up their fall clean-up. After Saturday, the facility will be closed until next April.

The Compost Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7.

Residents should place the yard waste out at the curb in tall paper bags or open barrels with no lids on Monday. Acceptable yard waste for curbside collection consists of leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, garden trimmings, weeds and tree material up to one inch (1”) in diameter. Any yard waste in plastic bags will be left behind. Republic Services will bring the yard waste to the town’s Compost Center.

“We ask residents to put their yard waste bags along the curb and not along the side of the driveway toward the house,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator.

At the Compost Center, residents can dump leaves, pine needles, and garden trimmings in the main compost pile. Branches greater than one inch in diameter and tree limbs go in the brush pile to the right as you enter the Compost Center. There is also a pile for tree trunks and large tree limbs.

“And, too, make room for the next set of holiday decorations, you can also compost your pumpkins,” added McGrath. “Pumpkins go in the leaf pile or in one of your leaf bags at the curb.”

McGrath reminds residents to empty plastic bags and flower pots and bring them home for reuse or disposal. “Plastic bags and flower pots don’t compost very well,” he said.

The DPW limits the use of the Compost Center to Bedford residents and has been issuing windshield stickers. Stickers are available at the DPW office at 314 Great Road and on Wednesdays at the Compost Center. There is no charge, but vehicle registration is required as proof of residency.

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