Rubbish Disposal & Pay As You Throw (PAYT)

PAYT
  1. Rubbish & Recycling Delay - December 25 thru December 29, 2018

    In observance of Christmas, Tuesday, December 25, 2018, there will both a Rubbish and Recycling delay for that day's collection as well as the remainder of the week. Read on...
  2. One Bag Free Program - December 26, 2018 thru December 31, 2018

    On 12/11/18, the Board of Selectmen authorized a "One Bag Free" Program that starts after the Christmas holiday. This is a token of appreciation for Shrewsbury residents who participate in the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program. Read on...
  3. Christmas Tree Pick-up Program - December 26, 2018 thru January 25, 2019

    On 12/11/18, the Board of Selectmen voted to have a single real (not artificial) Christmas tree be collected on your regular Rubbish collection day. This program starts right after the Christmas holiday. One Christmas tree per household. Read on...
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Rubbish Disposal


The Town of Shrewsbury adopted the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Program several years ago and currently has a contract with Pellegrino Trucking, Inc.

The more you recycle, the less rubbish bags you will have to purchase/utilize.

Rubbish is collected on a weekly basis (PDF).

Rubbish Regulations


  • Rubbish must be placed in the PAYT bags. They are light blue with a white Town of Shrewsbury seal. For more information on stores that sell PAYT bags (PDF) please view our printable document.
  • Rubbish must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your scheduled collection day to ensure pick-up service. There is no dump in the Town of Shrewsbury.
  • Please do not place Rubbish at the curb any sooner than the night before your scheduled collection day. It is recommended that the PAYT bags be placed in a lidded trash barrel. This helps to deter rodents, insects, and birds from getting into your rubbish. Residents may purchase a rubbish barrel at any local hardware store.  
  • Rubbish bags cannot weigh more than 20 pounds when full.
  • Rubbish bags must be closed and tied off.
  • Rubbish Bags cannot have any item sticking out.
  • Rubbish Bags must be free of ice and snow and clearly visible to the collection crew. Anything frozen into the ground will not be collected.
The basic rule of thumb is if an item is too large to fit in a PAYT bag and weighs under 20 pounds, you may tie one small PAYT bag to the item and set it out at the curb on your scheduled rubbish collection day (excludes appliances, electronics, and carpeting).

Inclement Weather


Residents should ensure that rubbish barrels, recycle bins, and 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 cable TV channels 15 and 26 and the town's website for updates.