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).

To view the recycling calendar, please see Related Documents at the bottom of this page and click Recycling Calendar. Note: The calendar runs on a fiscal year.*

*The 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Recycling Calendar is now 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
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Recycling Bin Options

  • You may purchase a recycle bin at the Shrewsbury Health Department. 
    We offer a 22 gallon size bin and the cost is $11.00* (*price subject to change). 

    You are not required to purchase the town's bins. 
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).
IMPORTANT:  Please DO NOT put your recyclables in any type of plastic bag. 
                        The recycling plant will not accept them as it jams their machinery.

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.
What CANNOT be recycled?
  • Broken glass
  • Containers over 2 gallons in size
  • Dishes
  • Flower pots
  • Garden hoses
  • Hardcover books
  • Hazardous waste
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical Waste
  • Mercury
  • Motor oil, chemical or foam containers
  • 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