ADDITIONAL DISPOSAL RESOURCES

BATTERIES

Lead, Rechargeable, and Car batteries 
Justin Nietsche will accept the following - $10.00 per appointment. To schedule a pick-up, please contact Justin Nietsche at 774-272-0148.

Button-cell batteries
Button-cell batteries are no longer manufactured with Mercury. The collection of button-cell batteries ended on December 31, 2020. These can now be safely disposed of in the trash. 

Lithium batteries
These are hazardous and cannot be placed in your rubbish. One suggestion, is to contact New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT) - they are a state permitted, pay-as-you-throw household hazardous waste collection center in Sutton, MA. Please contact them directly at 866-769-1621 for pricing. It varies by product.

Rechargeable batteries 
The Home Depot, 530 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury has a return program by their Courtesy Counter - free of charge

Alkaline batteries
Are not hazardous and may be disposed of in your Pay As You Throw (PAYT) rubbish bag.

BUSINESS WASTE

Businesses that generate 3 bags of rubbish per week or less are eligible for rubbish collection if they use the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) rubbish bags. Rubbish is picked up on a weekly basis. To determine your rubbish collection day, view our Street Listing document.

Businesses that participate in the PAYT program must also recycle. Curbside recycling collection is provided every week. View the recycle calendar (PDF) to determine if it’s a YELLOW (Paper and Cardboard) or GRAY (Plastic, Cans, Bottles) collection week.

CONSTRUCTION and BUILDING MATERIAL DEBRIS

The following individuals will pick up small rubbish & building material at your residence for a fee:

  • Zona Company at (508) 752-4226

ELECTRONIC WASTE

Electronic gadgets contain harmful chemicals such as lithium, cadmium, and lead. When these gadgets collect in our landfills, they can be hazardous.  For additional information from a local vendor please visit.

Responsible Computer Removal
363 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA 01604
508-596-8060
https://www.computerremoval.com/contact-us


LIGHT BULBS

Round bulbs (i.e. 60, 75, etc. watt bulbs):
Wrap to prevent breakage and place in your Pay As You Throw (PAYT) rubbish bag.

Compact Flourescent Lamp (CFL) bulbs (ie. the small curly bulbs):
Return to The Home Depot courtesy counter, 530 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

FLUORESCENT TUBES - up to 4 feet in length

Shrewsbury residents may return to Rocky’s Ace Hardware, 261 West Main Street, Northborough.

Requirements: Please wrap Fluorescent Tubes to prevent breakage. Broken tubes will not be accepted. Please be prepared to show proof of residency. There is no fee for this service.

FLUORESCENT TUBES - over 4 feet in length

Tubes over 4 feet in length are considered commercial size. These contain mercury. Residents can contact New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT)-  a state permitted, pay-as-you-throw household hazardous waste collection center located in Sutton, MA. The center is open to all Massachusetts residents and pre-registered very small quantity business generators of hazardous waste. Please contact them directly for pricing, as it varies by product: NEDT Flier with pricing - 2019

MEDICATION DISPOSAL

Residents may dispose of medication (see what is and what isn’t accepted below) in a drop-off kiosk box located at:

CVS Pharmacy
197 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (Open 24 hours)


Questions? Please contact CVS Pharmacy directly at: 508-752-0439

ACCEPTED: Unwanted or expired over-the-counter medication and/or
unwanted or expired prescription medication in tablet form or in liquid form (up to 4 ounces). 

NOT ACCEPTED: Sharps - i.e. diabetic needles, lancets, EpiPens, etc., liquid medication over 4 ounces inhaler (aerosol cans)

Useful link: HOW TO DISPOSE OF UNUSED MEDICATION

PAINT

Latex Paint
Is not hazardous. It can be disposed in your Pay As You Throw rubbish bag if it is adequately dried out. Some absorbent suggestions are: Speedy Dry, Kitty Litter, or Paper Towels

Oil Based Paints, Stains & Lacquers
Oil based paints, stains, and lacquers are prohibited from curbside collection. They are considered hazardous waste. When funding is available, the Town will hold a Hazardous Waste Collection event. That would be advertised on the Town’s website and through social media on Twitter and FaceBook. This type of material can also be dropped at New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT), 83 Gilmore Drive, Sutton, MA 01590
Telephone: 866-769-1621 / Email:   info@nedt.org   /   Website: http://www.nedt.org/

MERCURY

  • Mercury thermometers and Mercury thermostats (The Health Department CANNOT accept any type of mercury-bearing light bulb or fluorescent tube).

Note: If you have a broken mercury thermometer or thermostat, please secure it in a tightly-sealed lidded container. Questions? Please contact the Health Department at 508-841-8384.

PROPANE TANKS and HELIUM TANKS

Propane tank* disposal (empty or not) can be returned for a fee of $5.00 per tank to:

Dileo Gas, Inc., 630 Sunderland Road, Worcester, MA 01604 - Telephone: 508-797-5878
*The smallest size tank Dileo will accept are the propane tanks for a BBQ example: Blue Rhino, etc.)

ONE POUND PROPANE and HELIUM TANKS

    New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT), 83 Gilmore Drive, Sutton, MA 01590 
     Telephone: 866-769-1621   /   Email:    info@nedt.org   /   Website: http://www.nedt.org/

Will accept the following (fees apply, please call for pricing):

  • One Pound Propane tanks (Coleman type whether they are empty or not) 
  • Helium tanks (with helium inside)
  • Helium tanks (empty and knock-out on tank must be removed)

WOOD

If you have large branches, tree limbs, or stumps, you will have to secure a licensed contractor for the proper removal of wood.

The Town of Shrewsbury is Asian Long-horned Beetle zoned, so the handling of wood must be taken with extreme care. View a list of ALB Licensed Contractors (PDF) who can properly dispose of wood.

Please visit "Don't Move Firewood, it Bugs me" website for additional information.

TIRES

Central Mass Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) has a tire collection program whereby residents of Shrewsbury can have tires collected and disposed of at no charge during the warm months. Rims must be removed first. This is a seasonal program.

To arrange for collection, residents can email CMMCP directly or call them at 508-393-3055.

SHARPS - Diabetic needles, Syringes, EpiPens, and Lancets

There is a state-wide ban on the disposal of sharps. Residents cannot dispose of these items through household trash.


Proper Disposal

  • Sharps must be in a tightly sealed puncture-proof container. Individual or loose sharps will not be accepted. The Health Department reserves the right to refuse containers that are not deemed safe.
  • You must be a Shrewsbury resident. Please be prepared to show proof of residency.

Residents should also check with their healthcare provider for other proper disposal options.

Non-residents should reach out to the Health Department within their own community for safe disposal options.