Recycling & Solid Waste Committee

Our Recycling/Trash haulers report that people in town are either putting out unflattened cardboard boxes for recycling or putting flattened cardboard out in unflattened cardboard boxes.  Our contract with USArecycle stipulates that all cardboard must be flattened and either cut or folded into items that are no larger than 2 ft. square.

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Caution:  Smart TV screens hold the credit card info you use to purchase TV services, apps, & subscriptions (e.g., Amazon prime video, NetFlix, ESPN, SlingTV, etc.).  Follow the steps here to delete your data (revert to factory settings) before giving away or recycling your TV screen!

Household Hazardous Waste collection Saturday Sept 25th
9am to noon at Fort River School, 70 South East Street, Amherst.
Find what you can and cannot dispose of here.

You must preregister:  form is online at


idea lightbulb  Want to reduce your stash of paper grocery bags?
 Take them to the Library so they can be re-used in curbside pickup!


Thank you for recycling!  The materials we recycled in September were sold for more than the cost of processing them, adding $670.71 to Town revenues!

Recycling and trash figures for fiscal year 2021
(July 2020 through June 2021)

Shutesbury residents collected 199.22 tons of recyclable materials in FY2021— 99.06 tons of bottles & containers and 100.16 tons of paper.

Shutesbury residents discarded 352.24 tons of trash in FY2021.

Total waste stream = recycled materials + trash = 551.46 tons.

Recycled materials as percent of total waste stream = 36.13% (an increase of 0.17% over FY 2020).

By recycling those 199.22 tons of materials, Shutesbury residents saved the Town $16,256.35 money we didn't have to spend in trash disposal fees!

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!

Shutesbury's Bulky Waste Day has been discontinued!
You can dispose of your bulky waste at the Leverett Transfer Station three days a week (Wed 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Sat & Sun 9:30am – 1:00pm).  (See more about the Leverett Transfer Station here.)

Disposal Sites for fluorescent lamps, electronics, prescription drugs, solid waste, and non-recyclables

What's Recyclable?

Take A Recycling Quiz

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The RSWC has a new shed at the Elementary School, where you'll be picking up your trash bags beginning April 26th!

You'll find the trash bag distribution schedule here.


Info and Resources