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Bedford Board Talks New Waste Removal Measures

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y.—The Bedford Town Board sat down with representatives from Bedford 2020 this week to discuss Chapter 67 of the Bedford Town Code, which deals with garbage, rubbish, and refuse, and to discuss how to make it more current with today's recycling standards.

Among the participants were Mark Thielking, the director of energy resources of Bedford, Mary Beth Kass and Ellen Conrad, the co-directors of Bedford 2020, and Janet Harkham of the energy advisory panel of Bedford.

The headliner, though, was the two-man team that lead the Bedford 2020 Waste Recycling Task Force, Peter Kuniholm and Neil Cutler. They are both waste management and recycling experts. Cutler and Kuniholm agreed to look through Articles I and II of Chapter 67 with a fined-toothed comb and to make sure that they can make the wording as specific and contemporary as possible.

“There seems to be a lack of clarity between Article I, which seems to deal with refuse and not recycling for the most part, and Article II, which is titled ‘Recycling,’ but there is some overlap with garbage,” Cutler explained to the town board. “[The chapter] might require an overhaul.”

Conrad seemed to not only agree, but she also threw in the request to make room for further developments in waste management that will deal with organic materials.

“You want to set it up so you can get to the next stage, which is organic waste,” Conrad said. “If you can do that, and define organics, that would allow us to carve it out for the future.” 

A possible addition to Article II, which deals with recycling, will be to include single-stream recycling. The town currently uses waste management contractors, who would need to be filled in on the potential changes in the coming months. Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts noted there will be a public hearing on the subject in March.

Until then, Kuniholm and Cutler will work with town lawyer Eric Gordon of the Keane and Beane Law Firm to make the language in the code as understandable and modern as possible. The task force predicted their first step of combing through the code will be finished in the coming week.

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