Recycling & Solid Waste Committee

News —
textilesAs of November 2022, all textiles will be banned from trash disposal sites in Massachusetts, so these items need to be recycled.  Shutesbury is partnering with CMRK, a company that collects textiles andd other items at no cost — and will pay Shutesbury $0.07 per pound for these items.  You will see the big blue textile collection bin on the road that will be the entrance to the new library on Leverett Road.

This arrangement with CMRK will help us keep textiles and other items out of the waste stream, help us pass on things we no longer need, and even make a few dollars for our town.

Lists of acceptable and non-acceptable textile items can be found here.

How to get trash bags.
How to get stickers to the Leverett Transfer Station (LTS).
Leverett Transfer Station website is here.  New LST price list is here.

To find out if a particular item is recyclable, check it out at MassDEP's interactive Recyclopedia.

To find out how to deal with something that doesn't go in your recycling bin, go to DEP's Beyond the Bin.


Starting on July 1st, trash and recycling will be picked up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Click here for the list of streets being picked up on each day.  Click here for Tuesday's collection schedule.  Click here for Wednesday's collection schedule.


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.

Did you know? 
Beginning November 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.

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

Check out Recycle Smart's monthly newsletter for answers to the top recycling questions of 2021!

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 July were sold for more than the cost of processing them, adding $16.45 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 in 2021!

 

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