Reuse & Repair

Is it really Trash? Consider donating items in usable condition or repairing those items that can be fixed. Keeping quality goods out of the waste stream reduces the resources needed to make new goods and lessens our environmental impact.

A to Z Reuse and Recycling Guide (PDF) - last updated December 2, 2021

Fix-It-Shop at the Council on Aging

12 Mudge Way, Town Center (yellow building), 2nd floor

Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm, September to June.

Volunteers at the Council on Aging can fix almost anything for a small donation.

For example:

  • Replace watch batteries ($5)
  • Repair lamps, vacuum cleaners, garden tools
  • Replace damaged electrical cords
  • Fix small appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, toasters, fans and humidifiers
  • Unstick stubborn switches, such as a microwave door
  • Sharpen knives and scissors
  • Re-glue tables and chairs.

The minimum charge is $3. The shop stocks many standard parts. Anything requiring extensive labor or special-order parts will be done only after prior customer approval. All proceeds beenfit the FBCOA (Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging).

Library of Things

Borrow before you buy! The Bedford Free Public Library lends out much more than just books. Library of Things objects include kitchen appliances, tools, electronics, toys and games, art, science kits, craft supplies, musical instruments, and recreational equipment. Many things are available that you might only need once in a while and then must be stored in a garage or basement to collect dust.

View the full catalog of offerings on the Library website.