There are many programs to recycle, compost, and upcycle things you don’t want anymore so they don’t end up in the trash. However, the best way to reduce waste is to buy less to begin with!
Bedford’s goal is to recycle 70% of our waste stream by 2030. To achieve this we need to capture 45% to be recycled and 25% to be composted. We can do this with the great programs we already have in place.
Residential Curbside Program
The Town of Bedford requires trash haulers to pick up residential trash and recycling at the same time – putting trash in one compartment and recycling in another using a “split-packer” truck. Acceptable recyclables (see list below) should be clean, dry and loose in your curbside bin (not in plastic bags). Because all the recyclables go together in the same bin, this model is called “single stream,” and trash goes in a separate bin.
Recycling Center at 343 Railroad Avenue
For Books, cassettes, DVDs, CDs, clothes, rags, shoes, curtains, linens, fabrics, small suitcases, travel bags, sport bags, broken electronics, food scraps, all recyclables (paper, metal, glass, plastic). Seniors may purchase a pass from the town to bring their trash to the recycling center.
When you don’t know how to get rid of something is the Bedford 2030 Recyclopedia. Here you can search for just about anything and find out where you can donate it, upcycle it, recycle it, or dispose of it.
For details about single stream recycling, composting, hazardous materials, yard waste, and more, check out the Recycling Toolkit for a comprehensive local guide!
TIOLI is an exchange location open Saturdays 10-12 from May-October in the Bedford Hills Train Station Parking Lot (behind the train station by Rt 117).
Bedford residents may drop off unwanted household items that are still in good/working condition, or pick up and repurpose some. Anyone may come take items – free! The TIOLI Shed is a wonderful way to recycle and reuse items, and reduce consumption and waste.
2020 TIOLI SEASON NOTE: Please follow signs and rules when you arrive. Drop off ends at noon or earlier due to capacity limitations.
Read more about TIOLI here
Visit the Recycling Toolkit for more info about recycling, composting, and disposal.
The Northern Westchester Repair Cafe is a free meeting place where community members can repair things together. Visitors bring broken items from their home and together with volunteer specialists, work together to make repairs. It is a learning process, a community hub, and a great way to help put items back into use instead of in the trash.
Items that may be repaired are clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, toys, etc.