Salem Recycling News

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North Shore Medical Center completes new Green Utility Plant 7/15/14

Ribbon cutting for the newly completed State-of-the-Art Utility Plant this morning showcased this to-be LEED certified building. This cogeneration system recovers wasted heat and water and reuses them. Uses less water, will reduce emmissions equal to 1180 cars, and save $300,000 in energy costs! Congratulations!

Salem Harbor Power Plant shut down on 6/1/14. A good read on the history & issues involved.


Mayor Kim Driscoll Keynote Speaker at MARecycle R3 Conference 4/8/14



Salem selected to be a Solarize city:

“Programs like Solarize Massachusetts allow people across Massachusetts to join the clean energy revolution right at their own homes and businesses…” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said in a statement. See Press.


Salem State University diverted 266 tons of materials from waste stream


SSU recently diverted an impressive 148.76 tons of material from the waste stream as they prepped the Weir buildings on Canal St. for demolition. Surplus office furniture & equipment was sent to Universidad Don Bosco in El Savador (70,871 lbs. or 35.44 tons). They also recycled 117.52 tons of mixed paper, mixed debris, books, metal and cardboard. A+ recycling work!


Mandatory Recycling Update: 300 tons of trash diverted!

“Plastic bags, dirty pizza boxes, Styrofoam and straws are all materials that can be recycled, just not under the city’s system. Cohen said plastic bags should be returned to the store they came from, arrangements for Styrofoam can be located at, and pizza boxes and straws can go in the trash for now.

Other items like air conditioners, refrigerators and other items with a plug can’t be put curbside either, but they can be brought to the quarterly e-waste events. See events calendar for upcoming dates and location.


Public Service Announcements:

Holiday Recycling Reminder:

Happy Holidays!  Thank you for your recycling efforts over the past year.  Following are some guidelines for recycling during the holiday and Winter months.

Christmas Tree curbside collection dates are on our Events Calendar. Check city website for potential updates related to weather conditions.

Mandatory Recycling Started July 1, 2013. 

Mandatory Recycling Coordinator: Jeff Cohen, (978) 619-5672

New Disposal and Recycling Opportunities as of July 1, 2013

Quarterly E-Waste Recycling

(E-waste includes almost anything with a plug; exceptions noted under White Goods.) See Calendar for monthly event details.

FREE Sharps Disposal

Sharps (needle) disposal is now available at the main fire station at 48 Lafayette Street. Place sharps in an approved (red) sharps container. These can be purchased at any pharmacy.

FREE Recycling for Mercury Thermometers and Thermostats

Bring to the Board of Health at 120 Washington Street, 4th floor; or Department of Public Services at 5 Jefferson Avenue; during the business hours listed above.

FREE Fluorescent Light bulbs Recycling

Bring to Ace Hardware, 86 Lafayette Street during regular business hours or to the Salem High School, the last Saturday of the quarter 8am-noon.

Trash Overflow Bags

Do you occasionally have more trash than will fit in your toter? The City is now offering overflow bags for $2.50 each.  You can use these bags for regular household trash.  Items not allowed in household trash are also not acceptable in overflow bags.   These bags can be purchased at: 1-Winer Brothers ACE Hardware, 86 Lafayette Street; 2-Crosby’s Market, 109 Canal Street; 3-Collector’s office, 93 Washington Street, first floor; 4-Department of Public Services, 5 Jefferson Avenue.