Food Waste Composting
The Town of Bedford is now accepting food waste composting at the Transfer Station! Bedford residents can bring their compost material, in a compostable paper or plastic bag (see attached flyer for more information), to the Transfer Station free of charge. There are large blue bins located next to the Solid Waste Building and the Recycling Center for disposal.
Composting is an easy and sustainable way to make a positive impact on the environment. Food waste contains valuable nutrients that are good for the soil and over time can be used as an alternative to expensive chemical fertilizer. Composting also introduces important organisms to the soil that repel some plant diseases and convert nitrogen to a usable form. If food waste ends up in a landfill, it is deprived of oxygen which slows down the decomposition process and in turn produces methane gas. Then, once the material finally decomposes, the nutrients that it produces end up going to waste. The compost material collected at the Transfer Station will be put to good use by fertilizing the Town fields, parks, and cemeteries. This will replace the commercial fertilizer the Town currently uses.
Composting food waste will also save the Town on disposal costs. Nationally, food waste makes up about 25% of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) mass, this translates to 1,500 tons per year for Bedford. The Town’s existing MSW contract is set to expire at the end of 2022. At that time, the town will experience a significant increase of between 25-40% in MSW fees. Currently, the Town pays $74.89 per ton for solid waste disposal. A 25-40% increase in fees will bring the Town’s cost to $100.00 - $150.00 per ton. In 2022, when the Department solicits RFP’s for a new contract, the net increase cost of MSW will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. A realistic goal of removing 400 tons of food waste from the MSW stream would translate into a minimum of $40,000 of savings annually.
For more resources, please visit the Northeast Resource Recovery Association's (NRRA) Food Waste & Composting Website: https://www.nrrarecycles.org/food-waste-composting