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

Please call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to:

  • Report if trash/recycling is not picked up
  • Schedule bulk Item pick up
  • Schedule a white goods pick up


DEP awards $2.6 million towards recycling for MA communities 

State officials granted $2.6 million to towns and cities across Massachusetts to help with their recycling programs.  With the grants, the Baker-Polito Administration and state’s Department of Environmental Protection also launched Recycle Smart, a new program to help residents sort out what items can be recycled, what should be reused and what should go in the trash. Salem tops the list locally in dollars received, with a $42,000 grant to cover the city’s waste reduction coordinator position. Click Here to Learn More

*PLEASE NOTE* Book Swap date has been changed from September 15th to September 29th!

The event will be held at the new Salem Community Life Center at 401 Bridge Street.


You don’t have to wait for our November textile drive?  Here’s a quick guide to where, what, and how to dispose of textiles during the year.


And you don’t have to wait for the next Repair Café to get that tear mended or switch replaced. Here’s a list of places we’ve personally found provide good, reliable  repair service.



Click here to learn more about composting.


Salem residents with proof of ID may drop off their yard waste at the transfer station at 12 Swampscott Road 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.

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.

  1. FAQ for businesses
  2. Informational letter for business owners
  3. Where to find acceptable bags: Bag vendor list for business owners
  4. Printable display flyer to remind customers to “Bring your own bag!
  5. “Plastic Bag Free Salem” Sticker for businesses to place on door or near cash registers

Sustainability, Energy and Resiliency Committee (SERC) 

Click Here to learn about the Sustainability, Energy and Resiliency Committee (SERC), another environmentally focused group in Salem.  SERC’s mission is to promote a resilient environment and community through energy management, renewable energy and clean energy to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.  Although SERC and SalemRecycles are both environmental groups, they both have different focuses.  SalemRecycles is focused on waste reduction through reusing, recycling and re purposing while SERC is focused on energy management and reducing carbon footprint.

Please note:

This site is updated periodically by volunteers; we strive to present the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, but we cannot guarantee that more current information is not available.