Welcome to the website for SalemRecycles, a volunteer committee appointed by the Mayor of Salem.  This is a site where you can find find news  and information to help you reuse, repair, and recycle in Salem, MA.

The transfer station at 12 Swampscott Road is open for the season. Salem residents with proof of ID may drop off their yard waste on Saturdays 7:00a.m. to 3:00p.m and Sundays 9:00a.m. to  5:00p.m. Yard waste should be dropped off in a paper yard waste bag or dumped loose at the designated area on the site. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be accepted and stumps and branches greater than 2” in diameter will also not be accepted.
Yard Waste Curbside Pick-up Guidelines:
Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, wood chips or other easily raked materials. Sticks must be cut in four foot lengths and tied with string. No tree stumps.
  1. Yard waste must be placed in paper yard waste bags (available at hardware and grocery stores) or placed loose in open barrels.
  2. There are a total of 5 pickups annually – the same day as your trash pickup. Please refer to current years Holiday and Yard waste Calendar for specific weeks
  3. Place yard waste separately from trash.

If you are dropping off yard waste yourself at the transfer station.

  1. Paper bags of any type can be used. Yard waste can also be placed loose in open barrels.
  2. No plastic bags or cardboard boxes.
  3. Residential trash and construction and demolition debris will NOT be accepted at the Transfer Station at this time. Residents who need to dispose of excess residential trash may purchase the City orange overflow bags for curbside collection. Overflow bags are available for $2.50 each at the Department of Public Services, the City Collectors Office, Crosby’s Marketplace, and Winer Brothers Hardware.

    Mello Transfer Station   203 E Main St, Georgetown, MA   978-352-8581
    Wood Waste of Boston  85 Boston Street, Everett, MA  617-387-3700
    Miles River Sand & Gravel   64 Paradise Road,  Ipswich, MA   978-356-2290
    DeLoury Industries
    Accepting only aggregate material    46 Lowell Junction Road, Andover, MA  978-475-8153

Nearly 850 people dropped off or picked up books at our semi-annual  book swap, help on March 17th at the Council onAging, 1 Broad Street. This event continues to grow. providing the public with an easy way to recycle books they no longer want while picking up some amazing finds on all sorts of topics. It was a great place to swap reusable bags as well! And it’s free! Mark your calendar now for our fall book swap on September 15th!

Get In The Habit – BYO (Bring Your Own) Reusable Bag

In the fall of 2016, the Salem City Council passed an ordinance that restricts the use of single- use plastic checkout bags, provided at the point of sale, by all retail and food establishments in the City of Salem. With this action, Salem joined 53 cities and towns in Massachusetts, including the nearby communities of Marblehead, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Hamilton, and Ipswich, in restricting the use of these bags.  The ordinance went into effect January 1, 2018.

Here is some information from the City to make the transition from plastic bags easier.

DEP Beyond the Bin

Click here to find out where you can donate worn clothing, outdated electronics and other items that don’t belong in your household recycling bin

Recycling Video Highlight:

8 bits of plastic you can quit right now

White Goods Pick Up Days

Salem’s white goods are usually picked up on Thursdays.  Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 and follow the prompts to residential service to schedule your pick up.

For more information, Click Here

For 2017 dates, Click Here

Salem launches new YouTube channel

Waste Management (WM), Salem’s New Trash & Recycling Hauler

Waste Management (WM) took over the City contract effective June 1, 2015.

Watch the SATV show: Salem Neighbors, Recycling in Salem. This interview format with the City’s representatives should help answer all your nagging Trash & Recycling pickup questions.

Watch the new WM Trash & Recycling Program PSA

SalemRecycles FAQ December 2016

WM Brochure for Trash Pick-up and Recycling Collection Services (English)



What NOT to do: Do NOT overload the bins. Overloaded bins will not get picked up as stuff would fall out when mechanical truck arms pick them up and turn them over into the truck bed.

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Plastic Bag Recycling Rules Updated:

Sometime recycling “rules” change, and here are additions we think you’ll like! When you recycle plastic bags, you may now include Tyvek envelopes, as well as plastic cereal bags & box liners (all CLEAN, please). Get the updated list: PlasticBagRecycling 2-15