Compost & Recycling Center - 108 Carlisle Rd

  • Open to Bedford residents only. No commercial vehicles or contractors.
  • The site is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, year-round, from 8AM-1PM.
  • Resident stickers are required. Request a free sticker at the DPW, 314 Great Road, during business hours. Proof of residency is required (vehicle registration and driver's license or utility bill with address)
  • View the Compost Center Policy - Yard Waste Dropoff (PDF)
  • Click here to view the Site Map.

Current Schedule

MonthWednesday Date (8 am to 1 pm)Saturday Date (8 am to 1 pm)
June 20221st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th11th, 25th
July 20226th, 13th, 20th, 27th9th, 23rd
August 20223rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st6th, 20th
September 20227th, 14th, 21st, 28th

3rd, 24th (See note following this table.)

October 20225th, 12th, 19th, 26th1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

November 2022

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Extended Hours (8 am to 3 pm)
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

December 20227th, 14th, 21st, 28th3rd, 10th, 17th (See note following this table.)


Note: Site closed on Saturday, December 24th Christmas Eve and Saturday, December 31st New Year's Eve.


Yard Waste & Brush Drop off

Bedford residents are encouraged to bring yard waste and brush to the Compost Center.

  • Acceptable material - Leaf litter, pine needles, yard trimmings, garden weeds, and tree material. 
  • NO lumber, pallets or wood waste. 
  • Finished compost and wood chips - are available free for residents (to the left of the site as you approach the exit, see Site Map.) This material is generated on-site and is not tested for quality or contaminants.


Recycling Center

Photo of drop off recycling area

Scrap Metal Drop off

  • Items that are primarily metal including metal furniture, fencing or shelving; pots and pans; bicycles (tires ok), grills (no propane tanks) and small engine items (oil and gas MUST BE DRAINED). 
  • Items must not exceed 5 feet in length and must fit into the gray collection container. 
  • NO appliances or pressurized tanks/containers (including empty spray cans and CO2 canisters.)

This program is made possible, in part, through the MassDEP Recycling Dividens Grant Program.

Cardboard & Glass Drop off

Residents may bring clean cardboard and glass to the Compost Center during operating hours.

  • Flatten all boxes and remove any packing material (including styrofoam, bubble wrap, and packing paper).
  • Remove all non-glass components (lids/caps, corks, etc.)

Batteries, Bulbs & Mercury Recovery

Bulb Shed

Bedford residents can properly dispose of mercury-containing items at the Universal Waste Shed.

Learn more about the importance of properly disposing of mercury-containing items in the March 2022 Recycle Smart newsletter.

Acceptable Items

  • Mercury-containing items (thermometers, thermostats, barometers)
  • Fluorescent lamps (4 feet, 8 feet, circular, u-bulbs)
  • Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
  • Lighting ballasts
  • Batteries: Lithium primary, Lithium-ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, and lead-acid batteries
  • Ionization smoke detectors

We Cannot Accept

  • LED bulbs or Alkaline Batteries - these items do not contain mercury and can be disposed of in the regular trash (black cart). Residents who would prefer to recycle them can bring them to Batteries Plus Bulbs in Woburn, MA (fees apply).
  • Digital thermostats, photoelectric smoke detectors or combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors (put these in the trash).
  • Car Batteries - undamaged batteries can be recycled at Bedford Auto Parts, 200 Great Road, Bedford, MA. Damaged or leaking batteries should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste.