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A Decade Devoted to making Salem a Greener City
In March 2008 Mayor Driscoll appointed an all volunteer recycling committee, SalemRecycles, to develop ways to increase recycling and promote other green efforts to reduce the amount of waste created throughout the city. SalemRecycles is composed of residents who are committed to the task providing a variety of ways to promote means of reuse, repurpose and recycling. Their backgrounds include environmental studies, graphic and fine arts, business, law, public health, management, marketing, communications and education. Committee members develop and promote educational and outreach programs through social media, printed materials, speaking engagements and hosting events providing other ways in which to keep items from the waste stream. In addition the Committee collaborates with several local groups on specific green events. It has pioneered many initiatives including textile recovery, curbside food scraps collection, e-waste recovery, a reusable bag initiative, cigarette butt recycling, semi annual book swaps, zero waste public events and most recently the introduction of a repair café. Through these efforts Salem has become a recycling leader on the North Shore recognized by The City of Salem, The State of Massachusetts as well as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Goal of the Recycling Committee: To motivate residents, businesses and visitors to recycle more and waste less.
Regularly scheduled meeting are open to the public and generally held the first Tuesday of each month on the 1st floor of 908 Washington Street at 6:30pm. Task forces on communications, events and other projects may convene outside of regular meeting times.
During the first year the Committee distinguished itself by hosting a number of recycling and educational events. It was also the driving force in educating the citizens of Salem about new regulations for the 2008 trash contract which limited the amount of waste that households were allowed to place curbside. Since then SalemRecycles has been instrumental in helping residents transition to the state of the art Automated Cart System in which began in November of 2015.
|Julie Rose||Business Manager||978-619-5679|
|Eva Mossberg||Member (Emeritus)|
|Penny Neal||Member (Emeritus)|
|Melynn Nuite||Vice Chair|
|Jennifer Percy||Member (Emeritus)|