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.
NEW HOURS: 9:00AM-Noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30AM-1:30PM on Saturdays, year-round.
Volunteers at the Council on Aging can fix almost anything for a small donation.
- 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 benefit the FBCOA (Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging).
See more about the Fix-It Shop in an episode of Bedford TV’s “Bedford Gems” by clicking here.
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.