We all love using good, fertile compost to nourish our flower boxes and vegetable gardens, so why not contribute your household food scraps to create this compost? About 21% of your trash is comprised of compostable material. Instead of burying or burning food scraps, we can turn them into compost and complete the cycle of renewal. Watch => The Compost Story

Did you know Salem residents can compost their food scraps and other organic waste at the curb?  This costs just over $8 per month.  You can contact Black Earth Compost at to sign up or call them at  (978) 290-4610 ext. 1.

NOTE: Salem’s pick up is either Monday or Thursday depending on your neighborhood (except Thanksgiving Day). You are not required to use compostable liners.  You can use paper bags or newspaper.

Click here to watch a short video about how compost is made. CREDIT: “corporate” video sponsored by Black Earth Compost

Thanks for your interest in composting!


Healthy plants grown in healthy soil do a better job of sucking CO2 out the the air we breath. Great job!

In 2015 alone, Salem diverted about 495 tons of organic waste from landfill or the incinerator.  Between 2014 when the program first started and 2017, Salem has diverted about 840 tons of organic waste from landfill or the incinerator.  In just four years, 840 tons of waste were not buried or burnt, but turned into a useful product.  Instead of generating more carbon, we generated nutrient rich compost. Participants were able to take home six free gallons of rich compost at the end of a year’s participation to use in their own gardens.


Help Us Spread The Word

There are plenty of folks in Salem who have not yet heard of our curbside composting efforts. Others who are aware of it but have never found the time to follow up and join.  Help us to spread the word and keep this valuable program going.  Help us recruit new members by getting just one more neighbor, friend, or family in a separate household to join the composting movement.


Our cost depends on how many people are enrolled in the program. 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 grow to 600 or more households in the fold, the estimated cost will be about $6.50/mo. This a sharing economy. Two households/apts/condos can share 1 toter pickup to reduce the cost to about $3.25/mo!

Compost Tips & Info Links

Please watch the video below for the why, what and how of composting with Black Earth Compost.

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.