Shrewsbury Solid Waste Management

Recycling in Shrewsbury
  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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Recycling Calendar - for Calendar Year 2018 *
RECYCLING CALENDAR 2018


Recycling Calendar - for Calendar Year 2019 *
RECYCLING CALENDAR 2019


* Click Street Listing to determine whether you reside on a
   BLUE or a GREEN route.




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 collection day (and no sooner than the night before your scheduled collection day). It is recommended that the PAYT bags be placed in a lidded bin. This will help deter rodents, insects, and birds from getting into your trash. 
*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 by one day. Friday's route will be collected on Saturday.


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. on your scheduled collection day (and no sooner than the night before your scheduled collection day) to be eligible for pickup service. It is recommended that your PAYT bags be placed in a lidded bin. This will help deter rodents, insects, and birds from getting into your trash.
  • 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.

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