Our regular events include:

  • Semi-Annual Book Swap
  • Quarterly E-Waste Collection
  • Semi-Annual Repair Cafe 
  • Swap ‘N Drop
  • Annual Textile Drive

Semi- Annual Book Swap 

Nearly 850 people dropped off or picked up books at our semi-annual book swap, help on March 17th 2018 at the Council on Aging, 1 Broad Street. This event continues to grow. providing the public with an easy way to recycle books they no longer want while picking up some amazing finds on all sorts of topics. It was a great place to swap reusable bags as well! And it’s free!


Quarterly E-Waste Collection

Last Saturday of March, June, September, & December from 8:00AM-12Noon at Salem High School. E-Waste includes almost anything with a plug.


Semi- Annual Repair Cafe

REPAIR CAFE is a free event, run completely by volunteers, to help Salem residents repair and restore their broken items, keeping them out of the waste stream.

REPAIR SERVICES INCLUDE: Electrical / mechanical tinkering (no TVs or computers), lamp rewiring, knife sharpening, basic jewelry repair, furniture and wood repair & gluing, camera diagnostics and/or repair both film & digital, shoe repair, ceramics gluing. Our seamstresses offer hand and machine sewing, buttons, hemming, darning, patching, minor alterations.

BRING WITH YOU: If your garment has a broken zipper, bring a new zipper with you. If your electronics requires testing after repair, please bring what is needed (light bulb, CD, DVD, vhs tape) to do that.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you have a tinkering skill, even one we already offer, please contact Julie Rose at 978-619-5679 or


Swap ‘N Drop

This is a fun, free opportunity to reuse, re-home, or donate your unwanted items.

SWAP or simply DROP OFF:
* Women’s, men’s, children’s clothing & accessories
* Small household items in working condition (no TVs or computers)
* You may SWAP until noon, and DROP OFF until 1:00pm
* Textiles may be in any condition as long as CLEAN & DRY
* All un-swapped items will be collected by Recycle That


Annual Textiles Drive

SalemRecycles, City of Salem and Recycle That join forces to provide an easy way to recycle your used clothing and household textiles in one convenient location. Recycle That will have a manned truck onsite at Riley Plaza in downtown Salem on the Saturday before Thanksgiving from 8:00AM-1:00PM to collect any and all textiles you would like to donate. Items are accepted in any condition (stained, ripped or missing buttons) but must be CLEAN and DRY.