Thursday, May 3, 2012

Community Compost Facility in Bedford, NY

After a long wait for something like this to finally come to fruition, the Town of Bedford, NY has announced that its organic recycling facility is now open to town residents to drop off compostable lawn debris, as well as make use of the mountains of wood chips and leaf mulch the Town has stockpiled since Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the Halloween snow storm.  Hooray for wood chips and mulch!

Here's the official announcement with all the details:
May 3, 2012
The Town of Bedford is pleased to announce that our Beaver Dam Compost Facility is now open for residents to dispose of recyclable wood waste (logs and branches up to 6” diameter, brush, and leaves), as well as pick up wood mulch and leaf compost. This new service is free to Town of Bedford residents between 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Town holidays.

The facility is located on Beaver Dam Road north of Harris Road, adjacent to the Bedford Dog Park. The facility is operated by Westwood Organic Recycling. Residents of the town showing proof of residency will have the ability to dispose of their natural wood waste at the facility. Drop off and material pick up is available at three bins immediately inside the gated area of the facility on the right side. Residents will be able to pick up materials in non-commercial vehicles for their own personal use, and are responsible for loading and handling materials themselves. No trucks larger than pick up trucks will be permitted. There is no charge for these materials.

In order for this service to be successful and continue, it is essential that no material other than recyclable wood waste (logs and branches up to 6” diameter, brush, and leaves) be dumped at the facility. The material is processed into mulch and compost at the facility. The facility can not accept stumps, pressure treated wood, fences, or any other waste. Any bags must be brown paper compostable leaf bags. Because unforeseen items may be found in leaf bags, residents will be required to open leaf bags upon request by a Westwood Organic employee.

Westwood also provides delivery of mulch, compost and topsoil at discounted rates to Town residents, and can be reached at 914-949-3244.  Please contact the Bedford Department of Public Works at 666-7669 if you have questions.

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist