The Transfer Station at 12 Swampscott Road will be opening for the season on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 7am. 

Salem residents with proof of ID may drop off their yard waste at the Salem Transfer Station on 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:

  1. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, woodchips or other easily raked materials. Sticks must be cut in four foot lengths and tied with string. No tree stumps will be accepted.
  2. Yard waste must be placed in paper yard waste bags (purchased at local hardware stores and supermarkets) or loose open barrels.
  3. No plastic bags or cardboard boxes of any type can be used for yard waste.
  4. 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.
  5. Place yard waste seperately from trash.

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

Book Drive

We collected over 5 boxes of children’s books for NuDay Syria, to be sent to refugee children in need. Thank you to Salem Car Wash for serving as our collection point.


Reusable Bags Swap at Book Swap Event:

We collected donated bags.

We gave away over 50 bags!

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Click here to find out where you can donate worn clothing, outdated electronics and other items that don’t belong in your household recycling bin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

OverFlowTrash_244-6 EssexOverFlowTrash_Harrisons

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