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

Call the Engineering Department at 978-619-5673 for general questions.


Compost Your Pumpkins at The Great Pumpkin Drop

Get Ready for the Repair Cafe, Saturday November 3rd at 211 Bridge Street!

REPAIR CAFE is a free event, co-hosted by The Bridge at 211 and run completely by volunteers, to help Salem residents repair and restore their broken items, keeping them out of the waste stream.

* Event is 9:00-noon; arrive by 11:30, allowing time for repairs
* Pre-register to reserve a time slot; email jrose@salem.com
* Walk-ins welcomed
* Use small parking lot at 211 Bridge St, or park nearby & walk over

REPAIRS OFFERED: Check back as we approach the date and finalize volunteers. Past events had electrical / mechanical tinkering (no TVs, computers), lamp rewiring, knife sharpening, basic jewelry repair, furniture and wood repair & gluing, camera diagnostics & repair (film & digital), shoe repair, ceramics gluing, sewing (by hand and machine, buttons, hems, darning, patching, minor alterations).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you have a tinkering skill, even one we already offer, please contact Julie Rose at 978-619-5679 or jrose@salem.com.

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


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.

The final curbside pickup of yard waste is the week of November 26th.
The Transfer Station will close for the winter season shortly after that, date TBD.
Click here for more details

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.