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September 2023 Newsletter

Lids/Caps on recyclables? Free Book Swap, Electronic Waste Recycling Day, September Collection Calendar, Recycling at Staples, School Composting & Looking Ahead

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.

Does it matter if plastic bottles or glass jars have their lids/caps on?

When you are recycling plastic bottles and jars, you can rinse them out and put the lids right back on them. The plastic and metal lids are recyclable but may not be recovered for recycling if they are not on their original container.

SalemRecycles' Free Book Swap

FREE Book Swap

Where: Community Life Center (401 Bridge Street)

When: Saturday September 23rd

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Swapping isn't necessary -- you may donate, take away, or both!

In addition to books, the Swap accepts CDs, DVDs, video games, records (all in original cases, please), plus puzzles and greeting cards. All items must be clean, dry, and mildew free. Sorry, NO magazines, VHS tapes, or cassette tapes.

You may also drop off TerraCycle items for recycling! Here's what we collect:

WHEN to drop off donations at the Community Life Center:

* Friday, Sept. 22 from 4:00-7:00pm

* Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9:00am-noon

All leftover material will be donated or recycled.

Register to Volunteer HERE!

Electronic Waste Recycling Day

E-Waste Recycling

Where: Salem High School 77 Willson Street

When: Saturday September 30th

Time: 8 AM - 12 PM

Salem residents & property owners (with ID or tax bill) can recycle e-waste at Salem High School, 77 Willson St. Anything with a plug is accepted at the event.

Please bring cash or check for items that include a twenty-dollar fee. These items include: T.V.’s, computer monitors, microwaves, large exercise equipment, and appliances that contain 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.

September Waste Management

Collection Calendar

Holiday Delay: Trash and recycling pick up will be delayed one day from Tuesday 9/4 - Friday 9/8. (Monday's collection will be on Tuesday, Tuesday's collection will be on Wednesday... Friday's collection will be on Saturday 9/9.)

Yard Waste Curbside Pickup: September 18th-22nd. Please put yard waste curbside by 7 AM on your regularly scheduled trash day. Yard waste must be in paper bags or trash barrels. Do NOT place yard waste in carts. To report a missed pickup, please contact WM directly OR report on SeeClickFix

White Goods Collection (FREE): Friday September 22nd

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

Electronic Waste Recycling: Salem High School 8AM-12PM. Recycle anything with a plug (see information above!)

Staples Free Recycling Program

Outdated technology doesn’t have to end up in a landfill. So when it’s time to upgrade your laptops and printers or replace your ink and toner, count on Staples to recycle it responsibly.

Electronics Recycling | Sustainability | Staples®

Battery Recycling | Sustainability | Staples®


  • Accessories/adapters/cables 
  • All-in-one computers 
  • Cable/satellite receivers 
  • Calculators 
  • Camcorders 
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray players 
  • Coffee Brewers (less than 40 lb.) 
  • Computer speakers 
  • Connected home devices 
  • Copiers 
  • Cordless phones 
  • Desktop computers 
  • Digital cameras 
  • Digital projectors 
  • eReaders 
  • Fax machines 
  • Flash drives 
  • Gaming consoles/handhelds
  • GPS devices 
  • Hard drives 
  • iPod®/MP3 players 
  • Keyboards & mice 

  • Laptops 
  • Mobile phones 
  • Modems Monitors (including CRT, LED/LCD, plasma) 
  • Printers/multifunction devices 
  • Routers 
  • Scanners 
  • Shredders 
  • Small servers 
  • Stereo receivers 
  • Tablets 
  • UPS/battery backup devices 
  • Video streaming devices (Apple TV®, Roku Player, etc.) 
  • Webcams
  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)

Composting at Carlton Innovation School

Composting in the kitchen of the Carlton Innovation School will begin the week of September 11th. Thank you for the support from School Committee, Superintendent Zrike, Food & Nutrition Services, Carlton School, City of Salem Engineering & Sustainability and Resiliency Department, and so many others!

The Sustainability and Resiliency Department was thrilled to provide $1,000 to help kickstart this program. The funding came from an American Climate Leadership Award the City received in 2023.

Beginning composting in the kitchen with staff is phase 1. Once more funding is sourced, phase 1 will be brought to the next Salem Public elementary school(s).

Phase 2 is introducing composting to the students (date TBD!)

Looking Ahead

The week of October 9th: There will be NO holiday delay in the curbside trash/recycling schedule for Indigenous Peoples' Day. Waste Management will run a normal pickup schedule this week.



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