Bedford Waste Reduction

Our Bedford chapter's Waste Reduction Circle meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 pm. If you would like to help out or join this group please contact [email protected]

Our goal for 2022 is an initiative to get town-wide composting for all residents.

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Recognizing that the climate emergency requires us all to reduce emissions across all aspects of our lives individually and collectively as fast as possible, we would like our Town government to help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste by providing curbside composting for all residents. 

The US EPA estimates that 24% of solid waste is compostable material which, if composted, can help us drive down our carbon emissions by sequestering carbon in the soil instead of generating climate-change-causing emissions in landfills or incinerators. The money that Bedford saves in trash tipping fees can be used to offset the Town's curbside composting costs. The Town providing this necessary service to all residents would promote equity for those who cannot physically maintain a backyard composter and for those who cannot afford to pay for their own curbside pickup. Other nearby towns providing food waste composting for their residents include Arlington, Cambridge, Concord, Lexington, and Hamilton.

Composting creates healthy soil and food, sequesters carbon, helps reduce methane emissions, produces jobs, and even filters and cleans water while reducing runoff. For a healthy planet and for future generations, we request that Bedford provide curbside composting food waste pick up in addition to the trash and recycling pick up currently provided to all residents.

Sign our letter to the Select Board, Town Manager, and DPW Director by June 30th.

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