Want to reduce your stash of paper grocery bags?
Take them to the Library to be re-used in curbside pickup!
Recycling and trash figures for calendar year 2020
(January 2020 through December 2020)
Shutesbury residents collected 197.44 tons of materials for recycling in CY2020 — 92.02 tons of bottles & containers and 105.42 tons of paper.
Shutesbury residents discarded 353.93 tons of trash in CY2020.
Total waste stream = recycled materials + trash = 551.37 tons.
Recycled materials as percent of total waste stream = 35.81% (a decrease of 0.16% from CY 2019).
The Town was charged $78.13/ton to dispose of trash in CY2020. By recycling those 197.44 tons of materials, Shutesbury residents saved the Town $15,425.00 in hauler fees — money we didn't have to spend to dispose of trash!
The MA DEP has provided a Smart Recycling Guide for an overview of what is and what is not recyclable. If you still have questions about whether a particular item is recyclable, you can easily get an answer by checking the interactive Recyclopedia. Remember, putting the wrong items in your recycling bin compromises the whole Town's load!