Recycling & Solid Waste Committee

   These changes to recycling will take effect July 1st —

  • Shredded paper will NOT BE accepted in recycling

  • Aerosol cans will NOT BE accepted in recycling

  • Clear plastic cups (if not labeled 'compostable') WILL BE accepted in recycling

  • Clear plastic egg cartons WILL BE accepted in recycling


Distribution of trash bags will start on Friday, May 1st this year (Annual Town Meeting is on Saturday, June 27th).

Click here to see the protocol for personal safety in trash bag distribution this year.

Click here to see follow the route you'll take at SES to pick up your bags this year.


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!


Test your recycling knowledge!  Read/download the quiz and answers here.

Staples accepts many electronics for recycling at no cost!  Read/download their list of items here.  Staples sends items to ERI for sorting, shredding, and for recycling of materials.

Shutesbury residents can now use the Leverett Transfer Station!  Check out how it works here.   See the price list here.


Recycling and trash figures for calendar year 2019 (January through December 2019)

Shutesbury residents collected 175.79 tons of materials for recycling in CY2019 — 76.21 tons of bottles & containers and 99.58 tons of paper.

Shutesbury residents discarded 312.87 tons of trash in CY2019.

Total waste stream = trash + recycled materials = 488.66 tons.

Recycled materials as percent of total waste stream = 35.97% (an increase of 0.34% fromr CY 2018).

The Town was charged $75/ton to dispose of trash in CY2019.  By recycling those 175.79 tons of materials, Shutesbury residents saved the Town $13,184.25 in hauler fees money we didn't have to spend to dispose of trash!

Info and Resources

Prescription Meds Disposal

Check out this website for proper disposal of prescription medicines.  Note that police stations in Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton have secure boxes to accept disposal of old medications.