Recycling and Trash

Current Salem Recycling & Trash Pickup

Weekly Recycling Pickup

Same day as your trash, effective June 1, 2015 Recycling no longer needs to be sorted. Please click here for a list of Do's + Don'ts.

Bulky Rigid Plastics Recycling

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.

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 from the curbside. Mandatory cardboard recycling is strictly enforced.

Uncut cardboard may be dropped off at the Transfer Station or at North Shore Recycled Fibers during regular business hours.  

Three Trash Barrels Per Household or Business Unit

Each household (apartment, condo, single-family house, etc) can put out no more than three, 35 gallon barrels or trash bags not to exceed 50 lbs each. Each barrel or bag must be no larger than 35 gallons and weigh no more than 50lbs. No carpeting or rugs may be placed out at curbside they may be disposed of at the transfer station please refer to the transfer station rules and regulations. (see overflow bags if you require additional trash disposal)

Recycling can also be dropped off during regular business hours (7 am - 3 pm) at:

North Shore Recycled Fibers
53 Jefferson Avenue

The City's curbside trash collection contractor, Waste Management, picks up trash on a daily basis, per a pre-arranged schedule.  Trash may be left out at 6 pm the night before pick-up and must be in covered, rodent proof containers. If trash is left out the morning of pick up, it may be in plastic bags; however the consumer is responsible for any animals disturbing trash (see link for trash regulations and hazardous items). If you use plastic bags, they may only be placed curbside the morning of pickup between 6:00am and 7:00am. Rugs and carpeting may not be placed out at curbside as they will not be picked up. You do have access to the transfer station for disposal. You can also find the listing of items that can and can’t be re-cycled. All trash and recycling must be out by 7:00a.m.

The City has a trash fee with commercial residences and non-owner occupied homes and condos. This Department also processes associated bills, usually the first week of the month.  

Trash/Recycling Concerns:

Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 or The Engineering Department (Cheryl) at 978-619-5673.

  • Report if trash/recycling is not picked up
  • Inquire about bulk pick up
  • Inquire about yard waste disposal
  • Schedule a white goods pick up

Call the Trash Department at 978-619-5675 to:

  • Inquire about the status of trash fees
  • Inquire about your trash fee account
  • Learn how to obtain affidavits

Call the Board of Health (Heather) at 978-741-1800

  • Report if trash is not properly stored, per the guidelines above
  • Inquire about hazardous waste disposal
  • Please report illegal dumping and any littering

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

  • Rainbarrels and Recycle Bins


Textile Recycling

Massachusetts residents and businesses dispose approximately 230,000 tons of textiles annually. About 95 percent of this material could be reused or recycled instead of thrown away. Learn what the state is doing and what you can do to keep clothing, footwear, bedding, curtains - even stuffed animals - out of landfills and incinerators, and to extend their useful lives by putting them in the hands of new owners or recycling their fibers into other products. Click here for more information about Textiles from the DEP website.

Composting from yard waste…..Did you know?

Yard trimmings currently make up over 13% of waste sent to landfills. Yard trimmings, such as grass clippings that are left onsite, will decompose and return nutrients to the soil. Leaves can be used as mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture. Yard trimmings can be added to your outdoor compost pile. Recovered wood can be used for mulch, fuel, compost, animal bedding and used in manufactured products such as particle board. Click here to send an email for additional information on the America Recycles website.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Jeffrey Cohen Mandatory Recycling Enforcement Coordinator 978-619-5672
Claudia Forgione 978-619-5675
Cheryl Cripps 978-619-5673