120 Washington St.
Salem , MA 01970
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Current Salem Recycling & Trash Pickup
Weekly Recycling Pickup
Same day as your trash—no more guessing your pick-up date! Now you can recycle every week without worrying about having enough storage space for your recyclables.
Bulky Rigid Plastics Recycling open this Saturday January 21-7am to 11am
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.
This Saturday, January 21 residents can drop off their bulky rigid plastics from 7am-11am.
This project is possible due to a Mass DEP grant. Click here for flyer and details of accepted items Rigid Plastics Recycling Flyer.
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 - New Limit
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 regualtions.
Increased recycling is not only good for the environment but also generates additional revenue for the City. If more residents participate in the City’s recycling program due to these new contract and state requirements, additional money will be raised to fund public schools, police, fire and public works.
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, Northside Carting, 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.
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.
Call the Engineering Department (Cheryl) at 978-619-5673 or Northside Carting at 978-745-0635 to:
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 DROP
Inquire about your trash fee account
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
Call the Dept. of Public Works (Valerie, located at 5 Jefferson Ave.) at 978-744-3302 to:
Inquire about a sticker for pick-up of computers, refrigerators, etc.
Learn about rainbarrel, composter or recycle bin purchases.