2009 Household Hazardous Waste Day
Salem and Beverly partner to offer two annual hazardous waste days
SALEM, MA – As part of an increased effort to collaborate with other communities, Salem and Beverly are partnering to offer each community’s residents the opportunity to participate in both a fall and spring hazardous waste program. With this new program the City of Salem will hold its household hazardous waste day on Saturday, October 3, 2009 and continue to hold them the first Saturday of October in future years. The City of Beverly will continue to hold their household hazardous waste day the fourth Saturday of April-next year’s event will be held on April 24, 2010. Citizens from both communities will be able to drop off a carload of hazardous materials for the low cost of $20.
During the Salem and Beverly events, citizens will be able to drop off general hazardous waste materials such as fluorescent light bulbs, solvents, pesticides, oil based materials, motor oil and car batteries, rechargeable batteries, propane tanks, tires and aerosol cans. During the October 3 Salem event, residents of both communities can drop off CRT televisions and computer monitors for an additional $10 per item. A driver’s license will be required to prove residency.
As an added bonus during the October 3 Salem hazardous waste day, residents of either community can drop off e-waste items. These items include iPods, batteries, battery back-up units, stereo equipment, car audio equipment, cell phones, digital cameras, gaming equipment, flash drives, flat screen TVs and computers, power cords, etc. for future recycling. All personally identifiable information will be destroyed through this recycling program. For a full listing of acceptable items go to Salem.com\recycling and click on e-waste pilot program. Collection of e-waste not only reduces the amount of materials to be incinerated; it re-cycles many valuable commodities such as copper and eliminates the health and environmental risks created when these items are broken apart and the toxic chemicals inside are released.
The current sticker program, initiated in 2004 will continue in its current format. Items such as CRT televisions and computers, air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers can be disposed of by purchasing a $20 sticker and arranging for pick-up through DPS at 5 Jefferson Avenue at (978) 744-3302. The proceeds from this sticker program offset the costs for the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Days. White Goods pick-up for washers, dryers, water heaters, etc. can be arranged by contacting Northside Carting at (978) 745-0645. As always, one bulk item may be put out weekly along with regular trash.