Shrewsbury Recycles to attend Spirit of Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Recycles is excited to once again host a table at the annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival Town Expo on Saturday September 27th.  This event is certainly a “must attend” for residents to get familiarized with organizations and businesses serving Shrewsbury.

This year, our table will be focusing on ballot question #2 up for vote on Nov 4th regarding updating the Massachusetts Bottle Bill. A YES vote will reduce water and sports drink bottle litter on our town parks and road ways and encourage consumers to recycle them.


For more information on Updating the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, click here:

For more information on the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival, click here:

See you at the festival!

Textiles and Foam Collection Event Oct 4, 2014

Attention Fellow Recyclers:

Shrewsbury Recycles will be hosting a Textiles and Foam Collection Event on Oct 4th 2014 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The location will be in Shrewsbury but a specific site is under discussion and will be posted when settled.  In the meantime, get those textiles and foam gathered!

Great news to share on the foam collection effort. Our recycling partner, RefoamIt, now accepts #4 and #5 foam in addition to #6 EPS foam!  For specific details on what is accepted and not accepted, please refer to the link below.

Accepted and Not Accepted Foam Info:

We are in need of volunteers for textiles and foam collection.  Please sign up here:

Textiles and Foam Collection Event June 7, 2014.

Shrewsbury Recycles will be joining Floral St. School PTO to host another Textile and Foam Collection on Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot of the Floral St. School, 57 Floral St, Shrewsbury.  The foam event will be FREE this time because we have a donation from Paul Mitchell, which means we are going to get a lot of people dropping off stuff.

We need volunteers for both events.  The textile collection is simple and is just helping people remove bags from their car. The EPS Foam requires careful persons to check the foam to make sure it is the “right” kind and to pack it into the truck. We can train you on the spot or if you’d like, check out .  If you love Tetris and other space/movement puzzles you will love the foam volunteer position.

Volunteer Signup:

Foam & Textiles Collection Nov 2

Foam & Textiles Recycling Event
Hosted by Floral School PTO & Shrewsbury Recycles
*Open to non-residents*

11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM


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Foam Collection

Cost: $1 per bag or $5 per carload

(Proceeds to cover foam collection service provided by ReFoamIT)

We collect the following “snappy” foam items:

• Any StyroFoam with the # 6 on it.
• Packing foam blocks
• Produce and meat trays
• Take out containers and trays (please rinse)
• Foam hot drink cups (like Dunkin’ Donuts & Cumberland Farms, not from McDonalds)
• Foam egg cartons
• White insulation sheets

“Foamy” Foam is Not Accepted. For a full list of what is / is not accepted, go here:

Textile Collection
Cost: FREE
Floral School PTO will be paid for weight collected. COLLECTING: Bad, Ugly, Good
• CLOTHES (in any condition, must be clean and dry)
• SHOES AND BOOTS (1/2 pair too)

(Textile collection service provided by Bag2School and will pay $250 per ton to benefit Floral St. School PTO)

What’s in a trash can!

Recently I visited a soccer field in town and came across this not so surprising sight. Recyclables in a trash can!  This was a good reminder of why it is important to promote recycling and reduce sights like this.

Lets breakdown down what we see.

  1. The water and sport drink bottles could be recycled. However, to incentivize consumers to recycle those drinks, adding a deposit to those containers is what’s proposed by expanding the Bottle Bill.
  2. That foam coffee cup could be recycled by rinsing it out and bringing it along with all other white and colored “snappy” foam to the Foam & Textiles recycling day on Nov 2nd hosted by Shrewsbury Recycles and the Floral St PTO.
  3. Those plastic bags could be emptied and dropped off at the bag receptacles at local supermarkets.
Here's a trash can from a recent stop at a soccer field in Shrewsbury. Do you see something wrong with this picture?

Here’s a trash can from a recent stop at a soccer field in town. Do you see something wrong with this picture?

Shrewsbury Recycles Attended Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival 2013

Shrewsbury Recycles was represented at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival on Sept 28th.  Residents stopped on by to ask questions about curbside recycling and where to bring other materials.

This year, we were also collecting signatures for the “Updated Bottle Bill” petition. The petition intends to put a question on the 2014 ballot asking voters to expand the bottle deposit in MA to beverage containers currently not subject to a deposit such as water and sport drink bottles.  A special thanks goes to the 106 registered voters who signed that day!

For more information about the Bottle Bill, go to the Mass Bottle Bill website:

Shrewsbury Recycles booth at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival 2013

Shrewsbury Recycles booth at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival 2013

Household Hazardous Products Collection Center

Spring is here…time to clean out the garage and basement!


WHERE:        NEDT Household Hazardous Products Collection Center
83 Gilmore Drive in Sutton, MA

PHONE:         866-769-1621


HOURS:         Year-round:    Tuesdays & Thursdays (9 am – 4 pm)

  Saturdays:  April 13, April 27, May 11, June 1, June 15, and June 29, 2013 (9 am – Noon)


Please click link below to view NEDT’s Spring 2013 Flyer:

Results From Our First Collection Day

styrofoam packing materials

Shrewsbury Recylces collected about 13.5 cubic yards of styrofoam. It’s a great first time effort, especially considering our having little time for publicity and the usual scheduling problems over the holidays.

We also collected two tons of textiles, earning $600 for Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services along with another $114 donated to us from generous recyclers in honor of SYFS!

A huge big shout out and thank you to the women from Girl Scout Troop 31331 for helping to haul all those textiles. You are an amazing bunch of young women and we know how busy you were that day with other events, so your help was truly appreciated!


Did You Know: you CAN’T recycle gift wrap?

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It’s true. Gift wrap looks like ordinary paper, but it’s not recyclable.

As the good people at state:

Wrapping paper is often dyed and laminated.
It can also contain non-paper additives, such as gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics.
It can be very thin and contain few good quality fibers for recycling.
It usually has tape on it from the gift wrapping.

That’s one of the reasons that the Town of Shrewsbury offers a “one free bag” of trash every year after Christmas.

Residents are encouraged to make use of the one free bag to discard of gift wrap, ribbon, and Styrofoam packaging which are all not recyclable at curbside.

The “One Bag Free” program runs during the holiday week running December 26th to December 31st. This is the fifth year of this program.

Pay As You Throw (PAYT) customers will be allowed to place at the curb one (1) up to 35 gallon or smaller plastic non-PAYT trash bag on their normal day of collection during the period of December 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31, 2012.

NOTE: The trash pick-up schedule is delayed by one day due to the Christmas holiday.

Plastic Bag Recycling

Plastic bags and films can only be recycled in specially marked bins in stores – not in curbside recycling bins.

Local stores with bins in their lobby: Price Chopper, Shaws, Stop and Shop, Target, Walmart and Wegmans.  When you drop the bags in the store bins, turn the bags inside out to ensure they are empty, dry and clean.


  • Plastic bags get caught in recycling machinery causing worker safety hazards.
  • Plastic bags can easily blow out of your recycling bin becoming litter, entering waterways, becoming tangled in trees, and harming wildlife.


  • Only certain types of plastic bags are recyclable. If you put a bag from the NO list it can contaminate the whole batch and it must be discarded

DO NOT include:

  • NO food or cling wrap.
  • NO prepackaged food bags.
  • NO frozen food bags or prewashed salad bags.
  • NO painted film or excessive glue.
  • NO biodegradable bags.
  • NO heavy-duty bags from wood stove pellets, soil & sand.
  • NO chip bags, candy or granola type.


Bring your own reusable bags to the store. They are often stronger and more durable than the flimsy plastic.  Wash the bags out occasionally.

Re-use grocery store bags as garbage can liners or to collect pet waste.

Bet you didn’t know that many bags are recycled into composite lumber such as Trex.

You can knit or crochet with plastic bags.  Lou’s Upcycles in Western Mass. makes some great recycled bags.  Check out her products and ideas .

For more about plastic bag recycling, visit

Special thanks to Irene Congdon, Central Mass Recycling Coordinator.