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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Town of Shrewsbury Announces Price Increase to “Pay-as-You-Throw” Trash Program


SHREWSBURY — Town Manager Kevin Mizikar reports that the Town of Shrewsbury is raising fees for its “Pay-as-You-Throw” trash removal program.

Currently, approximately 57% of the cost of the program is subsidized by municipal tax revenue. The intent of the program was to split the costs between tax levy and PAY-T fees. With the rising costs in the solid waste and recycling market, the new rates are anticipated to reduce the percentage of the program that is tax-funded and reduce the burden to tax-payers. Prices have not been increased since the program’s inception in 2008.  

 This increase is necessary to meet the rising costs of the recycling market which requires the town to now pay processing and disposal of recyclable materials and the apparent cost of the recent consumer price index, and will result in the end goal of funding the enterprise account through 50 percent of the tax levy and 50 percent of program fees, stated Town Manager Kevin Mizikar in a memo to the Board. The Board of Selectmen adopted the new rates at their November 26, 2019 meeting.

The price increase will go into effect on July 1, 2020. The new rates are as follows:

Where to Purchase
Large Bags Roll (5 bags)
Small Bags Roll (5 bags)
Bulk Waste Sticker
Recycling Bin
DPW- Second Floor, 100 Maple Ave

The Town of Shrewsbury also wishes to offer the following tips and resources to residents looking to reduce waste:

  • Utilizing the Town of Shrewsbury’s curbside recycling program is also an option for reducing waste. For more information about the program, click here. 
  • Utilizing the free curbside textile and homegoods recycling service provided by SimpleRecycling can save room in your PAYT bag. Click here for more info. 
  • Composting is one way residents can significantly reduce trash waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, items including food scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, nut shells, house plants, leaves, dryer and vacuum cleaner lint and more can be composted. To learn more about composting at home, click here.
  • Other resources for disposal of various items can be found here. 

For more information, please visit the Town of Shrewsbury Solid Waste and Recycling Website at 

2020 PAYT Rate Increase Report & Details
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