Curbside Compost

Join the Curbside Compost Revolution

Get your food scraps picked up at your home for one year at a 50% discount!

The Town of Bedford received a grant from New York State to establish a curbside food scrap pick-up program in our town.

The town negotiates a price with a local hauler. Residents enter into a contract with that hauler to pick-up their food scraps and the town, thanks to a grant from NY State, subsidizes their participation for one year (details below).

Curbside Compost is easy:

  • Collect food scraps in a bin in your kitchen.* MEAT AND BONES ACCEPTED.
  • Store them in a locking container outside or in your garage.
  • Leave them at the end of your driveway for pick-up on the day each week your hauler designates.
  • Pay less than $15/month for the first year.

Interested? 

  • Register for the pilot using the Town form.
  • The first 75 residents to sign up receive notice from the Town and a one-year contract from the hauler.
  • Buy a locking bin from Bedford 2020 for $15 (kitchen bin ($10) and compostable bags ($5/25) also available).
  • Sign the contract with the hauler, make your quarterly payments to the hauler, and receive quarterly checks from the Town of Bedford for half the cost.
  • Curbside pick up begins Fall 2020
  • At the end of one year, continue with the service at full price or cancel with no penalty (but we hope you’ll love and keep it up)!

The offering will extend to another 75 households in year two and another 75 in year 3.

The pilot program will help the state and the town understand the benefits and challenges of a curbside program. 

This project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Communities Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Q&A

*What Goes in the Bin?

Can I do Curbside Compost without the subsidy?

Please let us know if you want to sign up for curbside food scrap pick up without going through the town pilot program. We will connect you with the hauler who will offer the you negotiated price that will be offered to Town of Bedford pilot participants. AND Bedford 2020 will hook you up with a free bin and compostable bags!

Where do my food scraps go?

The food scraps hauled away by the curbside hauler will go to an industrial composting facility (New Milford Farms in CT) and the resulting compost will be used by farms to enhance soil to grow food.

Can I get compost to use on my garden?

The Town of Bedford composts leaves and other yard waste at the Westwood Recycling Facility at 115 Beaver Dam Road. At this location residents may obtain compost and wood chips free of charge.

Interested in composting at home or using the town’s food scrap drop off program, click here.