Want to compost, but don’t have a backyard pile? Sign up for Curbside Compost!
The Town of Bedford received a three-year grant from NY State to establish a curbside compost collection pilot program in our town.* Starting fall 2020, up to 75 Bedford residents may enter into a contract with a local hauler to pick up their food scraps once a week. Residents in the pilot program will get 50% off the contract price for one year.
After one year of the pilot program, the offer will extend to another 75 households. Check back in in the spring of 2021 to sign up for year two of Curbside Compost.
Want to participate, but didn’t sign up in time? Though it is too late to sign up for the subsidized rate, you can still sign up for curbside compost pick-up without going through the town pilot program. Bedford 2030 will connect you with the hauler who will offer you a negotiated price. AND Bedford 2030 will hook you up with a free bin and compostable bags! Please email us for more information.
How it works:
- Collect food scraps in your kitchen (meat and bones accepted)
- Store them in a locking container outside or in your garage (with or without compostable bags)
- Leave them at the end of your driveway for pick-up on the day each week your hauler designates
Where do my food scraps go?
The food scraps hauled away by the curbside hauler will go to an industrial composting facility (New Milford Farms, CT) and the resulting compost will be used by farms to enhance their soil to grow food.
Can I get compost to use on my garden?
The Town of Bedford composts leaves and other yard waste at the Westwood Recycling Facility at 115 Beaver Dam Road. Residents may obtain compost and wood chips free of charge at this location.
* The Curbside Compost pilot project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and in connection with the Town of Bedford, NY.