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We’ve got composters, you’ve got food scraps…lets get the two together! Compost Pilot program signs up 600 households : Click to sign Up

The 2-year pilot program started 4/16/14 for 600 households. Additional households (up to 1,500) will be added through the rest of 2014.  Weekly curbside pickup of food scraps, raw or cooked meats & bones, seafood shells, dirty paper napkins, greasy parts of pizza boxes, etc. in a 12 gallon rolling container will be made. Turn your food scraps into rich garden compost!

Lady  Photo May 07, 3 00 01 PM                         To sign up, just fill out the survey. “Salem has been on the forefront of many green initiatives and curbside composting will be yet another such program” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. About 21% of your trash is comprised of compostable material. Participants can retrieve a few gallons of nutrient rich garden-ready compost next year. For more info, click on the following links:

We’re going RETRO. Take our PLASTIC BAG Challenge !

We’re taking you back, Retro-ly. Try going without using a plastic bag for “1″, just ONE, day. We want to hear your experience. FB comments please!

Another way to go Retro is recalling how folks entertained without single-use plastic-ware. cutleryentertainingnapkins
A good set of silverware, simple cotton squares of napkins, fun patterns of glass plates, real glass/mason jars can be re-used and passed on & on for generations without harming the environment. Look for them in thrift stores, yard sales, or even at our Swap & Drop events!

New: You Gotta Recycle, Buddy Hilarious Out-takes are OUT! YouTube videos Isabel+Marcella                    Thomas+MarcellaDiane+Marcella

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North Shore Medical Center completes new Green Utility Plant 7/15/14

Ribbon cutting for the newly completed State-of-the-Art Utility Plant this morning showcased this to-be LEED certified building. This cogeneration system recovers wasted heat and water and reuses them. Uses less water, will reduce emmissions equal to 1180 cars, and save $300,000 in energy costs! Congratulations!

Salem Harbor Power Plant shut down on 6/1/14. A good read on the history & issues involved.

Mayor Kim Driscoll Keynote Speaker at MARecycle R3 Conference 4/8/14

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Mandatory Recycling Pizza box Update: 16 restaurants now use stickers that teach how to recycle a pizza box (RECYCLE the clean part, TOSS OUT the oily part): Damatas Pizza, Dominos Pizza, Sammy’s Pizza, Roast Beef & Seafood, Essex’s N.Y. Pizza & Deli, Londi’s Roast Beef Pizza & More, Amazing Pizza, Christina’s, Engine House, Flying Saucer, Fran & Diane’s, Mandees, North House of Pizza, Rizzo’s, Roasted Peppers, Salem House of Pizza, Vinny’s. Fran & Diane’s is the 1st to request and receive reorder stickers! If your pizza place would like to participate, please contact Jeff Cohen jcohen@salem.comSteve’s Quality Market‘s recently added plastic bag Recycle bin. Thank you Steve’s!

UpCycle Cartons to Birdhouses at Salem Arts Festival (6/7 & 8).

60 cartons upcycled all but 3 were done by enthusiastic, creative & proud kids ranging from ages 4-12. Great recycling Q&A with parents and kids during art making time. Read what NoBo magazine said about the Arts Fest and our UpCycle table.

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Clean Salem Green Salem Event (5/3/14):

CleanSweep  MayorCleanSweep       Thank you to all participants in Salem’s Clean Sweep morning! You worked magic with your brooms, Salemites!

SwapDrop DropSwap                  We’re thankful for a great Swap ‘N’ Drop turnout and great weather!