Other Resources

APPLIANCES and ELECTRONICS
Below, are some suggestions on how to dispose of these items:

  • The Dumpster Divers - This company picks up TVs computers, and appliances. Please call ahead for fee information. The Dumpster Divers can be contacted at 508-925-5245.

  • Best Buy - This company will accept computer monitors, wiring for computers, keyboards, palm pilots, radios, boom boxes, and TVs (TVs have to be 32 inches or under). Please contact them directly for fee information at 508-852-1800.

  • Staples - This company will take back Free of Charge: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, eReaders, monitors, desktop printers, copiers, scanners, faxes, all-in-ones, shredders, UPS/battery back-up devices, peripherals including mice, keyboards, modems, routers, and PC speakers, small electronics including GPS devices, digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones, and cordless phones, external hard drives and small servers. Bring in your old office technology products to your local Staples and they will responsibly and securely recycle them at no cost to you - any brand, any condition, even if you purchased it somewhere else. Staples can be contacted at 508-842-1507.

  • Justin Nietsche - Will take any item containing Freon: Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers ($30.00 for the first item and $20.00 for each additional item). TVs, Computer monitors, and CRTs (Starting at $20.00 each). He can be contacted at 774-272-0148.

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 batteries
Return to the Shrewsbury Health Department located on the 1st floor in the Town Hall.

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 trash pick-up schedule by street (PDF) 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.

CARDBOARD
Large Cardboard Boxes (i.e. moving boxes)

Please flattened and place in the dumpster marked "Corrugated Cardboard Only". This dumpster is for Shrewsbury residents only. Not for commercial business use.

Municipal Garage, 211 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Hours of operation: Monday thru Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

CARPET / RUGS
Must be cut into 4-foot lengths and rolled up. Make 4 rolls and bundle them together with twine, string or masking tape. Affix 1 bulk waste sticker to the bundle. You will need 1 bulk waste sticker for every 4 bundled rolls. 

Reminder to schedule a pick-up for BULK WASTE.

CONSTRUCTION and BUILDING MATERIAL DEBRIS
The following individuals will pick up small rubbish & building material at your residence for a fee:

  • Mike Warren at (774) 623-6363 - and ask for Donna
  • Zona Company at (508) 752-4226

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
If you need to dispose of an expired fire extinguisher (empty or not), please return it to:

Fire Department Headquarters, 11 Church Road, 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

HAZARDOUS WASTE
New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT) is a state permitted, Pay As You Throw (PAYT) 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

If the Town were to sponsor a Hazardous Collection event, that information would be posted on the Town's website and social media such as Twitter and FaceBook.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
Residents should ensure that rubbish barrels, recycle bins, and Pay As You Throw (PAYT) bags are:

  • Free from ice and snow and clearly visible to the collection crew.
  • Not in the way of the snow removal equipment.
  • For storm updates, please check the Town's website and social media such as Twitter and FaceBook.

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

MEDICATION DISPOSAL
The Shrewsbury Police Department in conjunction with the Shrewsbury Board of Health, coordinates Medication Take Back events twice per year. Questions? Please contact the Health Department at 508-841-8345.

There are NO scheduled events at this time. When there is an event, that will be posted on the Town's website and on social media such as Twitter and FaceBook.

In the interim, drop off unwanted / expired over-the-counter or prescription medication in the designated Medication Drop-off Kiosk Box located at:

CVS Pharmacy
197 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Telephone: 508-752-0439 - Open 24 hours a day

Useful link: HOW TO DISPOSE OF UNUSED MEDICATION

Got drugs

MERCURY
The Shrewsbury Health Department, located on the first floor of the Town Hall has a Mercury Recovery Return program and will accept mercury-bearing items such as:

  • Mercury thermometers and Mercury thermostats

Note: If you have broken mercury products, please secure them in a tightly-sealed lidded container. Questions? Please contact the Health Department at 508-841-8345.

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.

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)

RECYCLING BIN OPTIONS
Residents can purchase their own bin at any hardware store up to a 32 gallon size (the color of the bin does not matter). Please write "RECYCLING" on the outside of the bin or visit the Department of Public Works (DPW), located on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall and request a free RECYCLE decal (limit of two per household).

OR

Residents can purchase a 22 gallon recycling bin at the DPW located on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall for $11.00 (price subject to change). RESIDENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE THE TOWN'S BIN.

Accepted payment methods:  Cash OR Check made payable to: Town of Shrewsbury

IMPORTANT:  Please DO NOT put your recyclables in any type of plastic bag. Plastic bags are NOT recyclable.

SCRAP METAL
Metal items such as wheelbarrows, gas grills, bicycles, lawnmowers, automobile parts, exercise equipment and appliances all have value in the recycling market. The following places accept scrap metal:

  • Superior Waste and Recycling will pick up metal at residences. They can be reached at 508-797-4848.
  • The Dumpster Divers will pick up metal items at residences. They can be reached at 508-925-5245.
  • Justin Nietsche will pick up metal items at residences for a fee. Please contact him directly for pricing at 774-272-0148.
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 the household trash.

Proper Disposal
Shrewsbury residents can dispose of sharps at the Shrewsbury Health Department located on the first floor of the Town Hall during normal business hours - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Monday thru Friday. Questions? Please contact the Health Department at 508-841-8345.

Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Indicate your name or organization (ie. if you are representing a public school), address, and quantity of containers on a roster the Health Department has at their counter. This information will be used for tracking volume for budgeting purposes only.
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.
sharps disposal

STREET LISTING - How to Determine Your Collection Day
Effective July 1, 2019, please refer to this Street Listing document as the Service Calendar will no longer reference Green and Blue routes, rather the Recycling will be collected each week but it will toggle between YELLOW (Mixed Paper) and GRAY (Commingled cans, bottles, plastic containers, etc.)

TEXTILE and SMALL HOME GOODS RECYCLING - Effective July 22, 2019
Beginning on July 22, 2019 Simple Recycling will be providing this FREE curbside collection service for pre-loved clothing, shoes, accessories and small household items. Place this bag out on your normal collection day, and a Simple Recycling Truck will pick it up.

Each residence will receive a mailer with one pink bag to start. Every time you put out a bag, the driver will leave a replacement bag in your mailbox. If you need additional bags, click here: https://simplerecycling.com/bag-request/

If you need additional bags or have questions on what can be placed in the bags, visit www.SimpleRecycling.com, call
866-835-5068 or email Simple Recycling

For Additional Information, please click here: https://shrewsburyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5509/Textile-Recycling

pink bag

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.

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.