Massachusetts State Law and the Shrewsbury Town recycling by-law (PDF) makes recycling mandatory in Shrewsbury.

Recycling is collected on an every other week basis and the town is divided into two different routes (blue or green).

Recycling bins must be at the curb by 7:00 A.M., as routes and drivers are subject to change without notice. 

In the winter months, recycling bins must be free of snow and ice and clearly visible to the collection crew.

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Recycling in Shrewsbury

Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced a groundbreaking, statewide recycling education initiative to reduce contamination in recycling by asking residents to “do their part and recycle smart.”

Recyclopedia is a search tool, where residents can search for hundreds of items (from paper bags to pizza boxes) to find out how to properly manage them.  There is also a video showing the recycling sorting process inside a MRF and answers to frequently asked questions about why and how to recycle smart. Visit Recyclopedia to learn more!

"Beyond the Bin"

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Inbound Recycling Quality Policy
E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. Waste Removal and Recycling Notice

  1. Rubbish & Recycling Delay - December 25 thru December 29, 2018

    In observance of Christmas, Tuesday, December 25, 2018, there will both a Rubbish and Recycling delay for that day's collection as well as the remainder of the week. Read on...
  2. One Bag Free Program - December 26, 2018 thru December 31, 2018

    On 12/11/18, the Board of Selectmen authorized a "One Bag Free" Program that starts after the Christmas holiday. This is a token of appreciation for Shrewsbury residents who participate in the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program. Read on...
  3. Christmas Tree Pick-up Program - December 26, 2018 thru January 25, 2019

    On 12/11/18, the Board of Selectmen voted to have a single real (not artificial) Christmas tree be collected on your regular Rubbish collection day. This program starts right after the Christmas holiday. One Christmas tree per household. Read on...
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Recycling Bin Options 

  • You may purchase a recycle bin at the Shrewsbury Health Department. 
    The Health Department sells 22 gallon size bins and the cost is $11.00* each (*price subject to change). However, you are not required to purchase the town's bins. 
           Note: The color of the bin does not matter. It can be any color.
                     It just cannot exceed a 32 gallon size. 
Accepted payment methods: Cash or Check made payable to: Town of Shrewsbury

  • You may purchase your own bin up to a 32 gallon size. 

    The Health Department can provide a free RECYCLE decal (limit of two per household).

    If you purchase your own bin, please be sure it has proper drainage holes at the bottom. This will prevent recyclables from being saturated with water.
IMPORTANT:  Please DO NOT put your recyclables in any type of plastic bag.                                  Recyclables must be in a bin marked "Recycling". 

Examples of what CAN be recycled?

Shrewsbury is NOT a single-stream community. Paper must be separated.

  • Paper, newspapers, shredded paper, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, phone books, and inserts:

    Paper must be either in its own bin or you can place all the paper products in its own paper bag and set on top of the bin that has your cans and bottles.
  • Paperboard or light weight cardboard (i.e. shoe boxes, cereal boxes)
  • Cardboard - must be flattened and folded to fit into a paper bag, or in a recycling bin just for cardboard, or cut and tied into 2' x 2' x 2' bundles
  • Glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, and plastic containers marked with the recycling symbol (numbers 1 - 7)
  • Metal food and beverage containers
  • Milk and Juice Cartons and Drink boxes*
    *May flatten to save space. Place light materials at the bottom of the bin.

Examples of what CANNOT be recycled?

  • Broken glass
  • Containers over 2 gallons in size
  • Dishes
  • Flower pots - plastic or ceramic
  • Garden hoses
  • Hardcover books
  • Hazardous waste
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical Waste
  • Mercury
  • Motor oil, chemical or foam containers
  • Pizza boxes
  • Soiled paper
  • Plastic bags (supermarkets have recycle containers for store bags)
  • Pyrex
  • Sharps (ie. needles, lancets, etc.)
  • Soiled undergarments (ie. pampers or Depends)
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed paper
  • Window or auto glass