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June 2023 Newsletter

Swap 'N' Drop, Styrofoam Recycling, Electronic Waste Recycling, June Collection Calendar, Greif Closure, and What We're Reading, Watching & Listening To!

SalemRecycles' mission is to reduce trash tonnage in the City of Salem by increasing recycling, diverting reusable items, and motivating city stakeholders through education and information.

Swap 'N' Drop (Free Yard Sale!)

We’re excited to announce the return of

Swap 'N' Drop

to Salem Common!

Saturday, June 10

10:00 AM  1:00 PM

This is a fun, free opportunity to donate and pick up usable clothing and household items, keeping them from the waste stream.

SWAP or simply DROP OFF:

* Women’s, men’s, children’s clothing & accessories

* Small household items in good, working condition (no TVs or computers)

All un-swapped items will be collected by ReSupply.

PLEASE, NO damaged/unusable textiles. Instead, recycle them via Helpsy or Bay State Textiles, or wait for our fall textile drive.

RAIN will cancel. For updates, check this Facebook event: SalemRecycles' FREE Swap 'N' Drop.

Learn about our event partner, ReSupply, at

Click Here to Register to Volunteer!

Swap & Drop on the Common

Styrofoam Recycling Event!

Community Life Center,

401 Bridge St., Salem

Saturday, June 24

10:00 AM 1:00 PM

At this drive-through event, Salem and Beverly residents may bring white, rigid, expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) ONLY, including items such as coolers and packing blocks. Save That Stuff will collect and recycle this material. While Styrofoam can't be recycled curbside, Save That Stuff has densifiers that can process the Styrofoam for recycling.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT packing peanuts, soft foam, or food service containers such as meat trays, clamshells, or Styrofoam cups.

For more information regarding this event, contact 978-619-5672.

Electronic Waste Recycling Event!

Salem High School, 77 Wilson St.

Saturday, June 24

8 AM 12 PM

Salem residents and property owners (with ID or tax bill) can

recycle e-waste at this event. Anything with a plug is accepted!

Please bring cash or check for items subject to a $20 fee, including TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, large exercise equipment, and appliances containing Freon.

If your item is still in good working condition, consider donating it via one of the local Buy Nothing pages or other swap groups.

June Collection Calendar

White Goods Collections: Fridays, June 2 & 30

White goods include washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, and furnaces. To schedule, contact WM at 1-800-972-4545.

Curbside Yard Waste: Pickup week of June 18

Electronic Waste Recycling: Saturday, June 24

Greif Closure 

Greif, a private company, has closed their doors in Salem. We were very fortunate to have them in our community offering free cardboard recycling and document shredding services for so long. We realize their closure will have an impact on our community.

Cardboard is accepted in the curbside recycling program with Waste Management. Please flatten boxes before placing in tote to maximize space. Cardboard boxes in good condition should be reused. (Donate/give away for free via FB groups like "Giving in Salem" or "Buy Nothing.")

Staples in Salem has launched a trial program and will accept cardboard recycling from Salem Chamber members. If you're a small Salem business impacted by Greif Recycling's recent closure, our local Staples store (17 Paradise Road, Vinnin Square Plaza) has stepped up with a temporary solution. Salem Chamber of Commerce small business members may recycle corrugated boxes at the store through July 1, 2023. Staples will then determine if this service will continue.

Document Shredding:

As we continue to research and explore options, updates will be listed here: 

and here:

Reading / Watching / Listening

What we're reading:

What we're watching:

What we're listening to:

Photo Above: Daniell Hepting, Mari Alix, Janelle Rolke, and Saltonstall student at the Family Night "Sustainability in Salem" hosted on May 31, 2023.

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