Recycling

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).


The 2017-2018 Fiscal Year Recycling Calendar is available under "Related Documents" at the bottom of this page.

For those who do not have access to a computer, residents can pick up a black and white print version at the Health Department located within the Town Hall.

To determine if you reside on a blue or green collection route, please see "Related Documents" at the bottom of this page and click the Street Listing document.

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.

Recycling in Shrewsbury

WASTE PREVENTION OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
"Beyond the Bin"

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

  1. Electronics Recycling Event - Town of GRAFTON - June 30th

    This event is being sponsored by Green Day Recycling at St. Philip's Church, 12 West St., Grafton, MA from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, June 30th. Read on...
  2. Rubbish & Recycling Delay for Pay As You Throw Customers - July 4 thru July 7, 2018

    In observance of Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th, there will be a one day delay for that day's collection as well as the remainder of the week. Read on...
  3. Yard Waste Drop-OFF Program - SECOND OPPORTUNITY IS SATURDAY, JULY 14

    There are 3 remaining opportunities to drop off Leaves & Grass ONLY at the Municipal Garage, 211 South Street. Hours of operation are 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM on the following Saturdays: July 14, August 11, and September 8. 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.
ALL CONTAINERS MUST BE FREE OF FOOD, RINSED OUT, AND DRIED PRIOR TO PLACING IN THE RECYCLING 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