Yard Waste: Curbside Pick-Up Begins Monday, November 9

The leaves fell earlier this year and the bags of leaves are piling up but they will be gone soon.

Curbside collection of yard waste begins next week.

The Department of Public Works has scheduled yard waste collection for two weeks starting November 9 and 16, then a final pick-up during the week after Thanksgiving, starting on Monday, November 30.

Residents can place the yard waste out at the curb in tall paper bags or open barrels with no lids starting on Monday, November 9. Republic Services will make several trips through town over the course of the week.

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.

“Residents should put the leaf bags at the side of the road apart from where they place their trash and recycling carts,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “Republic Services will be coming around at various times during the next weeks.”

As part of its stormwater pollution prevention program, the DPW encourages residents to rake their leaves away from the road and to clear leaves and pine needs from the storm drain near their homes.

“When leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings wash into storm drains, the excess phosphorus can pollute the Town’s rivers and streams,” said Kristin Dowdy, the DPW’s environmental engineer. “Also, dumping your leaves into wetlands increases the risk of local flooding so we hope residents will take advantage of the DPW’s yard waste programs.”

Residents reporting a missed pick up of yard waste can call Republic Services Customer Service at 1-800-442-9006.

The Compost Center, located at 108 Carlisle Road, is open every Saturday in November from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, and Wednesday, November 25. The remaining schedule is available on the DPW’s website at bedfordma.gov/recycling.

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