Salem Recycling & Trash Pickup

For more information about Recycling & Trash, go to the City’s site.

All Cardboard Must Be Recycled
State regulations now require cardboard recycling (including all types of cardboard, thin as well as corrugated). All boxes must be flattened and bundled 3′ by 3′. If cardboard is not recycled and included in your household trash the City is no longer permitted to pick it up curbside. Mandatory recycling is strictly enforced. Cardboard may be dropped off at the Transfer Station or at North Shore Recycled Fibers, 53 Jefferson Avenue, Salem, MA during regular business hours.

*Please Note*

Plastic bags may only be recycled at grocery stores. Styrofoam is NOT recyclable curbside by the City no matter what # is printed on it. As of May 2016 we are unaware of any local Styrofoam recycling opportunities.

Information about Other Recycling Services the City Offers:

What Else May be Recycled in Salem?

Recycle Large, Bulky Rigid/Hard Plastics

The City of Salem will now offer bulky rigid plastics recycling. Residents are able to drop off their rigid plastic at North Shore Recycled Fiber at 53 Jefferson Avenue, during their normal business hours-typically Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 7a.m.-11a.m.

This project is possible due to a Mass DEP grant. See Rigid Plastic Flyer for details of accepted items.

Butt Bin and Water Canteens

Attention Public Event Planners in Salem and Beverly. Here are some programs to help make your events more environmentally friendly.

Construction & Demolitions Debris – Residential Options

Electronic Waste

For information on what may be recycled and at what locations, please go to: Electronic Waste

Hazardous Waste

Salem in partnership with Beverly provides two opportunities per calendar year to get rid of/recycle hazardous materials. For more information go to: Hazardous Waste


Find more information here.

White Goods

You must call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to schedule a white goods pick up.

Yard Waste

For information on what may be disposed, how, and when please go to: Yard Waste

Or see the City’s Website and/or the 2016 YARD WASTE CALENDAR for further guidelines and details.

How to Recycle Items not Covered by the City Programs

In order to provide a second life for many items in your household and to keep them out of the waste stream, please go to our section – Repurpose and Reuse.

General Information – Contact & Location Info, FAQs:

For questions about recycling and trash pickup, please contact the following either:

Waste Management: 800-972-4545

For Frequently Asked Questions for WM, go to:


City of Salem Office of Engineering:

Cheryl Cripps: 978-619-5673

Claudia Forgione: 978-619-5675

          120 Washington Street
          4th Floor
          Salem, MA 01970

Mon, Tues, Wed – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thurs 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

For questions about trash fees and trash accounts call: Trash Department 978-619-5675

For problems with improperly stored trash or to inquire about hazardous waste disposal, call:

        Board of Health (Heather)

For questions about rain barrels call:

Dept. of Public Works (Valerie, located at 5 Jefferson Ave) at 978-744-3302

For Frequently Asked Questions about household recycling, go to:

The Benefits of Recycling in Salem

        Increased recycling is not only good for the environment but also generates additional revenue for the City. If more residents participate in the City’s recycling program due to contract and state requirements, additional money will be raised to fund public schools, police, fire and public works.


Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling

Where may I bring my expired or unused pharmaceuticals?

Anything except sharps may be dropped off at the Salem Police Station, 24 hours per day.


What are white goods and how may I have them picked up?

White goods consist of items such as a washer and dryer unit, stove, microwave, hot water heater, dishwasher and trash compactor.  In order to have these items picked up, you must call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to schedule a curbside pick-up.  White Good pick-ups are free of charge.


Why can’t I put plastic bags in my curbside recycling?

When plastic bags are placed in curbside recycling they can prevent an entire load of plastics from being recycled. Due to the polymer content and the flexible structure, bags must be recycled through a separate process.  When plastic bags are placed curbside they also cause damage to very expensive recycling processing equipment.

Where may I recycle plastic bags, and what do they become?

Plastic bags may be recycled at most grocery stores including Steve’s Quality Market across from post office and also at North Shore Recycled Fibers at 53 Jefferson Avenue.  Most bags are shredded, mixed with sawdust, and become decking material.


Why must I clean my recycling?

Dirty items could result in rejection of an entire load of recycled materials; requiring it to be disposed of as trash.  Dirty items also attract rodents and pests, creating a health hazard.

Should I remove caps and lids?

Yes, and recycle them in your curbside container.