Recycling and Trash

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Salem Recycling & Trash Pickup

For more information regarding the new Automated Collection program starting November 2nd, please go to news & announcements.

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 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 North Shore Recycled Fibers during regular business hours.  

Trash/Recycling Concerns:

Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to:

  • Report if trash/recycling is not picked up
  • Schedule bulk Item pick up
  • Schedule a white goods pick up

Call the Engineering Department at 978-619-5673 for general questions.

Call the Trash Billing 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 (located at 5 Jefferson Ave.) at 978-744-3302

  • Rainbarrels


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