Trash & Bulk Items

Trash Program Basics

  • Use only town-issued carts or official overflow trash bags. Materials in extra containers or left on the ground will not be collected.
  • Carts must be at the curb for collection by 7 AM. Cart handle and wheels should face away from the street.
  • Carts must be clear of all obstacles (including mailboxes, utility poles and other carts) and accessible to the automated collection arm.

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  • Missed Collection: Report missed collection online using the new Waste Wizard tool (Click "Need Help") on the main Trash and Recycling page. Effective July 1, 2023, Republic Services will no longer handle customer service at their 1-800 number. Please discard any outdated materials referencing this call center.

Too much Trash?

Overflow Bags: Use blue overflow bags for trash that does not fit into the 48-gallon cart. Bags can be purchased at Moison's ACE Hardware, Stop & Shop or Whole Foods.

Additional Trash Carts: Residents may submit an application for additional trash carts by visiting the Online Permitting Page. Please note, if you have not previously used the online permitting system, you will need to create a new account before submitting your application. The annual fee is $185, plus a one-time $75 administrative fee. Additional recycling carts are not available at this time.

Dirty/Damaged/Missing Carts

Trash & Recycling carts are the property of the Town of Bedford. Maintenance of the carts is the responsibility of the property owner. A dirty cart is easily cleaned with a power washer. 

Report damaged carts to the DPW at 781-275-7605, ext. 4261. 

If you suspect your cart has been stolen, please obtain a police report before calling the DPW.

Unacceptable Trash Items

Disposal of any building, renovation, or construction material is the responsibility of the property owner. This includes toilets, sinks, bathtubs, wood waste, brick, concrete, etc. Residents should contact a private disposal service or utilize a dumpster bag.

Bulky Waste Disposal - Use the Waste Wizard 

Bulky items are regular household items that are too large to fit into the trash cart of an overflow bag. Smaller items should be disassembled or broken down and then placed into the trash cart or an overflow bag. 

ReportResidents may schedule one bulky item per week for disposal. Click here to view current Fees and acceptable item types, effective July 1, 2023.

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