Shrewsbury tests new trash bags ahead of trash hauler change

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Shrewsbury tests new trash bags ahead of trash hauler change
Shrewsbury residents will be able to test wave-top style bags. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury is testing a new style of pay-as-you-throw bags.

Assistant Town Manager Keith Baldinger discussed the bags at the Select Board’s April 9 meeting.

The Department of Public Works is currently conducting a survey on the pay-as-you-throw bag program. The town has purchased 1,000 wave-top-style bags for the town to test; residents will be asked to scan a QR code and complete a satisfaction survey after using the bags. The wave-top bag has handle-ties cut into the bag, as opposed to the drawstring bags currently in use.

The bags are also thicker than bags currently in use. 

Residents can pick the bags up at Town Hall at the DPW counter or Town Manager’s office, the Senior Center and at upcoming events like SELCO’s Arbor Day Celebration in late April. 

“We’d really appreciate residents coming and taking a look at these,” Baldinger said.

Regardless of whether the town chooses the wave-top bags, Shrewsbury’s bags will be thicker come July 1 when the new trash hauler, Casella Waste Systems, begins service.

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