Shrewsbury Solid Waste Management

Recycling in Shrewsbury
Municipal Solid Waste (or MSW) is more commonly known as trash.  MSW consists of everyday items we use and then throw away, such as product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, medical needles and batteries. This waste comes from many sources; our homes, schools and businesses.

The Town of Shrewsbury is dedicated to managing solid waste in a manner that is both ecologically sound and economically sustainable.  Our intent is to manage waste in our community in a way that contributes positively to our economic growth as a town as well as promoting our social progress as a community. 
  1. Rubbish & Recycling Delay - December 26 thru December 31

    In observance of Christmas, there will be a one day delay for that day's collection as well as the remainder of the week.
  2. Christmas Tree Pick-up Program - December 27 thru January 27

    A single Christmas tree (real, not artificial) may be left at the curb for pick-up on your Rubbish collection day. The program will run from December 27, 2016 thru January 27, 2017. Read on...
  3. One Free Non Pay As You Throw Bag Program - December 27 thru December 31

    On November 29, the Board of Selectmen authorized a One Bag Free Program during the following dates: Tuesday, December 27 thru Saturday, December 31 on your Rubbish collection day. Read on...
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Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Program

The Town of Shrewsbury provides curbside trash pickup (collected on a weekly basis) and curbside recycling (collected on an every other week basis) for all households who participate in the Municipal Trash Collection Program through our contractor, Pellegrino Trucking. Recycling reduces the amount of trash that must be brought to transfer stations and landfills and directly lowers the cost of trash collection for the town. Recycling is mandatory.

Please place all trash and recyclables at the curb by 7:00 A.M.* on the morning of your scheduled pickup (and no sooner than the night before). 
*Routes and drivers are subject to change without notice.

When your scheduled collection day falls on a holiday, that day's collection and all subsequent collections that week, will be delayed one day. Friday's route will be collected on Saturday. Please refer to the to 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Recycling Calendar. The holidays are highlighted in yellow.


Curbside Trash Collection
  • Household trash must be contained inside Shrewsbury Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Blue Bags and set out at the curb by 7:00 A.M. to be eligible for collection.
  • Your Shrewsbury Blue Bag should be able to close and weigh no more than 20 pounds.
  • Click here for information on where the Shrewsbury Blue Bags are sold.
  • Click Street Listing to determine your collection day.


Bulk Waste
  • Are items that won't fit into a Shrewsbury Blue Bag and weighs over 20 pounds - excludes electronics and appliances.
  • Please visit Bulk Waste under the Health Department's portion of the website.


Curbside Recycling Collection
  • Please visit Recycling under the Health Department's portion of the website to learn how to properly dispose of cardboard, cans, bottles, glass, etc.


Yard Waste Program (Pick-up and Drop-off)
  • Please visit Yard Waste under the Health Department's portion of the website to learn about the Pick-up and the Drop-off programs.

    The Drop-OFF Program has ended until Spring.

    The Pick-Up Program dates have been announced:

    There are 4 opportunities to have curb-side pick-up on your regular rubbish collection day during the following weeks:

    October 17 to October 21 - COMPLETED
    October 31 to November 4 - COMPLETED
    November 14 to November 18 - COMPLETED
    November 28 to December 2 


    Yard Waste must be in the 30 gallon paper bags and lined up at the curb by 7:00 a.m., as routes & drivers are subject to change. Do not set the bags at the curb any sooner than the night before your collection day - this will avoid water saturation and bag breakage.

    Small branches will be picked up if they are no larger than 3" in diameter, cut into 4 foot lengths, and securely tied into bundles.

Services the Town DOES NOT provide:


There are certain waste items that the town is not prepared to handle, such as overly large or hazardous items.  Examples:

  • Electronics and appliances - These items are banned from curbside pick-up, as they contain hazardous components. When the Health Department learns of different organizations that sponsor take-back events, that information will be published on the town's website under NEWS FLASH.  

    Some suggestions for the disposal of these items are:
    • The Dumpster Divers, Shrewsbury at 508-925-5245 - please contact them for pricing
    • CK Appliance, Worcester at 508-755-4454 - please contact them for pricing (note: they no longer accept console tv's).
  • Fluorescent tubes (Rocky's Ace Hardware in Northborough will accept fluorescent tubes up to 4 feet in length for Shrewsbury residents at no charge - proof of residency may be required).

    Fluorescent tubes over 4 feet, must be returned to a Household Hazardous Products Collection Center. New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT) is located in Sutton. They charge according to the product type. For more information, please call (866) 769-1621, email them at info@NEDT.org or visit their website at NEDT
  • Curly light bulbs (CFL's) - Return to The Home Depot's courtesy counter). They have a return program.
  • Hazardous chemicals (ie. oil based paint, lacquer, stain, anti-freeze) - For more information, please call (866) 769-1621, email them at info@NEDT.org or visit their website at NEDT
  • Construction Debris - The following individuals will pick up small rubbish & building material at your residence for a fee:
    Bob Warren at (508) 752-5437
    Zona Company at (508) 752-4226