As the pilot (free) program ends, we want to share some good news. Salem has diverted about 495 tons of food scraps in 2015 from landfill or the incinerator. 450 tons of waste were not buried, not burnt. Instead of generating more carbon, we generated nutrient rich compost. Participants were able to take home 6 free gallons of rich compost at the end of a year’s participation to use in their own gardens.

CompostDump  CompostFlower Healthy plants do a better job of sucking CO2 out the the air we breath. Great job!

Take the Composting Challenge

We would love to see this success continue. Those of us who care for Mother Earth are happy to minimize our trash and recycle everything possible.  When Salem offered us the curbside compost program at the City’s expense, we signed on with enthusiasm.  We valued the opportunity to keep a large portion of our garbage out of landfills and incinerators and loved our little green toters.

Now that the free pilot phase is coming to an end, the future success of the program rest in our hands. There are plenty of folks in Salem who have not yet heard of the program; and others who are aware of it but never found the time to follow up and join.  Now it’s up to us to spread the word and keep this valuable program going.


Some folks might find it difficult to pay a monthly cost and we could lose participating households. It will be up to us to swell the ranks and keep the cost at a reasonable level. Talk to your neighbors, start a conversation at a school meeting, mention curbside composting on your evening out and refer interested people to Black Earth Compost, 978-290-4610. If we can keep 600 or more households in the fold, the estimated cost will be about $6.50/mo. We’re in a sharing economy. Two households/apts/condos can share 1 toter pickup to reduce the cost to about $3.25/mo!

Will you take the challenge to recruit new members?

If you think this is a worthwhile effort as we do, we challenge you to get just one more neighbor, friend, or family in a separate household to join the composting movement.

Compost Tips & Info Links

There have definitely been lessons learned about how to compost more cleanly and effortlessly. We will be sharing tips thru posts, photos, videos and Facebook.

“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 at the end of a year’s participation.