Use Alternatives to Plastic

Plastic is now everywhere on our planet and could be harming our health and certainly our environment. Please consider refusing disposable plastic and finding ways to buy less, and use less plastic. Below are suggestions for how to remember your reusable bags and some ideas about alternatives to disposable water bottles, mugs, and food storage bags.

But please use alternatives responsibly. As you consider alternatives to plastic, remember that these products also have a carbon footprint, and if you don’t use them, break them or lose them, you may end up creating more waste than if you just used disposable products in the first place.

Click here for a review of travel mugs by Wirecutter

Click here for reviews of eco-friendly water bottles by Wellness Mama

Click here for eco-friendly food storage bag solutions from The Strategist

Upcycle Food Scraps

Food scraps and other organic materials can be made into compost and used to nourish the soil, regenerate land, and grow more nutritious food rather than going out with the trash to end up in a landfill or incinerator where they can’t do their magic! Below are some current options for joining the community of composters in our area!


Town of Bedford Residents, join Community Compost and bring your organic kitchen waste to the Town Recycling Center on Railroad Ave. Kits available at B2020 office.


Have a place in your yard you want to start a compost pile? Click here to Get the Dirt on Composting at Home.

Click here for a fun video about backyard composting.


Click here to find out about paying to have someone pick up food scraps at your home. Maybe one day we can get this service from our residential haulers in Bedford!

Plastic Bag Recycling

Now that plastic bags are no longer accepted in Single Stream Recycling, what should we do with them?

The Materials Recovery Facility that takes our residential recycling can no longer efficiently and cleanly separate thin/film plastic items from the other materials and sell them in the recycling market, however most grocery stores and the Town Recycling Center still collect them for recycling. As long as they are clean and separated out from the rest of the trash, they can still be recycled.

The  Containers at the bigger grocery stores and at the Recycling Center accept all types of  polyethylene PE HDPE plastic. 

These plastics often have a recycle symbol number 4 on the bottom. 

Without a visible number, you can use the following as a guideline:


  • Bread bags
  • Cereal box liners
  • Consumer product wrapping (the stuff they put around suitcases at the airport)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Furniture wrapping (same as consumer product wrapping)
  • Newspaper bags
  • Plastic food storage bags (clean and dry, of course)
  • Plastic retail bags
  • Produce bags
  • Toilet paper, paper towel, and napkin wraps
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ziplock bags


  • Cling or food wrap
  • Frozen food bags
  • Prewashed salad bags
  • Pre-packaged food bags
  • Soiled plastic bags
  • Corn plastic or bio-based plastic bags
  • Metallic coated plastic
  • Disposable tablecloth

Thank you for recycling! For more on Single Stream Recycling click here or check the Recyclopedia for information about other hard to recycle items.

Take It or Leave It

Grand Opening Saturday, May 12!


Reuse and Reduce Waste!
Drop off unwanted household items that are still in good/working condition, or pick up and repurpose some.

See below for a list of acceptable items. Volunteers will approve items before removing them from your vehicle.


Saturdays from 10am-1pm between May and October.
Grand Opening May 12, 2018.


In the Bedford Hills Train Station Parking Lot (off of 117 and at the end of Railroad Ave.).


Residents of the Town of Bedford may drop off items.¬†The hope is¬†that “customers” will not take items to sell, but instead will repurpose them for themselves or friends.


Come join the fun! Volunteers run this program from 9:30am-1:30pm on Saturdays from May-October. Contact us to volunteer.

Community Compost

Town of Bedford residents may dispose of organic food waste at the Recycling Center on Railroad Ave in Bedford Hills on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am-3pm.

How it works

Come to the Bedford 2020 office, pay a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $30 and receive training and a compost kit with two buckets and a starter roll of compostable bags that will make it easy:

A small bucket (1.6 gal) for inside your kitchen (fits under your kitchen sink) to collect food scraps.

A larger bucket (6 gal) with a sealable lid to leave in your garage or outside. Fill this up  with what you collect in the small bin during the week and then use this bin to transport your scraps to the Recycling Center on Saturdays, Tuesdays or Thursdays (8:00 AM Р3:00 PM).  Wash and repeat.

Compostable bag liners are sometimes used in one or both bins by those who want less to clean. Bedford 2020 has some available for $5/roll of 25. You will receive one starter roll to get you started!

Scraps collected at the recycling center will be picked up and taken to an industrial composting facility.

Sign up today

Sign up here and come to our office to get your kit! 

If you prefer to get curbside pickup of your food scraps (instead of going to the recycling center), click here to learn about the town curbside pilot coming July 2020!

Come to the Bedford 2020 office Mon.-Thurs. 10-4 to pay the 30 fee and pick up your kit.

The Bedford 2020 office is located in St. Luke’s Parish House at 68 Bedford Road, Katonah. ¬†Please enter the building through the back door on the Katonah Ave. side of the building through the playground gate. If you cannot come during office hours, let us know and we can arrange to meet you another time.


Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or email or call us at 914-620-2411.

Download a PDF of the flyer, and watch our How To Video!

Read about the program in the Record Review!

Thank you for removing organic waste from the waste stream and reducing our carbon footprint!


Bedford 2020 teamed up with the Fox Lane Garden Club to conduct a waste audit at Fox Lane High School to take a baseline measure of where the school currently stands with waste and recycling so that they could take steps to improve upon the results

BEFORE. For the initial assessment on May 17, participants weighed and measured volume in the bags of both waste and recycling after a typical lunch at Fox Lane High School. The students, along with Bedford 2020 volunteers, found that by weight recycling made up a very small percentage of the total and the majority was thrown away as trash.

FLHS Waste Audit 5.25.16_courtyardTHE TEST. About a week later, Garden Club students and Waste and Recycling Task Force members held a zero waste / monitoring day at the school. The students worked with Bedford 2020 to produce signs to hang on the waste and recycling bins and added compost containers. The school grouped bins together so that students had a choice among the three bins rather than expecting students to go looking for the correct bin in another location. Volunteers stood at each station to help guide and educate students as they came up to dispose of items.

AFTER. This time the measurements were MUCH better! On monitoring day,  the measurements of recycling and compost each made up more than half of the total by weight, and by volume trash looked to be only around 20%.

Wow! The student efforts on zero waste day had a huge impact on recycling compliance!

IMG_1399 (2)NEXT.  Now that the students in the Garden Club know the baseline and have evidence to support what is possible to improve on that, they are thinking about what steps it will take in the fall to encourage more recycling at the school. Bedford 2020 looks forward to supporting their efforts.
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