Recycling & Solid Waste Committee

We were right to stick with dual-stream recycling!  Read how other towns are catching on to its benefits: Dual stream recycling proponents feel vindicated . . .

News —
Beginning in 2022 textiles will be prohibited from landfills and incinerators. There is a drop-off box for textiles at the Leverett Transfer Station, and there are drop-off boxes at most schools in the area.  In addition, textiles of all kinds, no matter what condition they are in, may be taken to Goodwill or the Salvation Army in Hadley. The only stipulation is that they be clean and dry.

Alert —  
Fluorescent bulbs will no longer be collected in Town Hall (you can take them to Lowe's for recycling).  Thermometers, thermostats, rechargeable batteries of all sizes, button batteries, and ballasts are still being collected at Town Hall.  Receptacles are downstairs in the hallway across from the stairway.

What REALLY happens to your recycling?  Take a look behind the (recycling) curtain at Recycle Smart.

How much stuff do Americans throw away?  Check out U.S.PIRG's look at trends in waste over the past three years — and click on the arrows for full effect of the dynamic graphics!

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 November were sold for more than the cost of processing them, adding $393.73 to our Town coffers!

Recycling and trash figures for calendar year 2021
(January through December 2021)

Shutesbury residents collected 193.94 tons of recyclable materials in 2021— 103.96 tons of bottles & containers and 89.98 tons of paper.

Shutesbury residents discarded 340.02 tons of trash in 2021.

Total waste stream = recycled materials + trash = 533.96 tons.

Recycled materials as percent of total waste stream = 36.32% (an increase of 0.51% over 2020).

By recycling those 193.94 tons of material, Shutesbury residents saved the Town $15,988.97 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, mattresses, solid waste, and non-recyclables

What's Recyclable?

Take A Recycling Quiz

Info and Resources