Shrewsbury restructures curbside textile recycling program

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By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Reporter

A pink, pay-as-you-throw textile recycling bag sits on Brook Street in Shrewsbury.  (Photo/Laura Hayes)
A pink, pay-as-you-throw textile recycling bag sits on Brook Street in Shrewsbury.
(Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Change is coming to Shrewsbury’s textile recycling program. Now, residents will be able to schedule a pickup date when they have items to donate. 

The pickup does not have to be on residents’ designated trash pickup day, and will be collected at residents’ front door versus at the curb. 

“Pink bags will no longer be required,” said Department of Public Works Business Man-
ager David Snowden.

The changes went into effect on Aug. 2. 

According to Snowden, the town has had a contract with Simple Recycling since 2019. As part of the program, Shrewsbury residents can place their clothing, shoes, accessories, linens and kitchenware in pink bags. 

The bags were to be left on the curb on their regularly scheduled trash pickup day. 

According to Snowden, these changes were prompted by a shortage of drivers.

“Maybe there’s only one or two homes that have something out on any given day, and the driver was driving that whole part of town,” Snowden said. “It wasn’t as efficient and effective,” Snowden said.

Selectman Beth Casavant said she was glad that it was continuing and said it was a good change. 

“In my household, we’ve been big users of this, but it is really frustrating when you put the pink bags out and the driver doesn’t show up,” she said.

Residents can schedule their pickups at https://shrewsburyma.gov/1040/TEXTILE-RECYCLING