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Massachusetts New Composting Rules
Five Fun Composting Facts
Upcoming Events:
Saturday, October 18
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lifoam Industries, 
2 Fifth St., Peabody
Exciting news!  ReFoamIt now accepts #4 and #5 foam along with #6 foam, more commonly called Styrofoam´┐Ż.
Sunday, Oct. 19 
11:00 am -1:00 pm
Family Halloween Party Salem YMCA
Donate a gently used costume to swap at the event.

Saturday,  October 25
8:00 am - 12:00 noon 
5 Jefferson Avenue
 $10 fee for TVs, computers, appliances.  
No limits. 
Proof of residency/
ownership required. 

Saturday, November 22

Contact Julie Rose at
[email protected] or 978.619.5679 with questions or to volunteer.
Bottle Bill Foes Hope to Buy You In.

 Read full article about the Boston campaign here.
Book Swap Recap!

Thanks to all the extra volunteers on hand (including from Salem Academy Charter School and the YMCA Youth Leadership Program): We think this was our best swap yet, with 550 attendees! We are grateful to the Council on Aging for letting us use their building. See you on March 28, 2015 for the next one! 


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October 2014, Issue 14
Support the Proposed Expanded Bottle Bill!

KEN YUSZKUS/Staff photo Mayor Kim Driscoll meets Bottle Bill, left, in front of Salem City Hall. A rally was held there in support of the bottle bill. 
On Tuesday, November 4th, SalemRecycles encourages you to Vote YES on Question 2. Studies show that containers with deposits are recycled at a rate of 80%. Non-deposit containers, recycled at a rate of only 23%, make up much of Salem's litter, are an eyesore as well as an environmental hazard, and are expensive for the City to clean and dispose of. Save the taxpayers money (that is us), and keep our streets and environment clean, by supporting the bottle bill update. Any deposits on bottles that are not returned will go into a new Clean Environment Fund to help clean up litter and our environment. It's a win-win!

On October 2, Mayor Kim Driscoll joined local environmental leaders outside City Hall to urge people to vote YES on Question 2. The update would expand the state's 5-cent deposit program to include sports drinks, teas and single-serve water containers. Read the full Salem News article here.


Massachusetts New Composting Rules: 
What They Really Mean


Read The Boston Globe article about how a regulation designed to keep food waste out of landfills will affect restaurants, supermarkets, and you.




Five Fun Composting Facts:
Composting in Salem has never been easier with the Food Scraps Plus program. The city of Salem has been partnering with Black Earth Compost to haul away food scraps and more since April 2014. Currently we're 860 households strong, and hoping to reach 1500 by December! The clock is ticking and we need your help to get to 1500.  

Households as of September 30, 2014: 860

Sign up NOW. Sign up HERE.

Here are five fun facts about composting in Salem to get you excited.

1. Composting food scraps and more can quickly reduce waste! If you recycle but don't compost - food scraps probably make up about 25% of your trash. Composting can be a quick way to reduce your waste.
What goes in the trash?

2. Salem is in great composting company, along with Hamilton-Wenham, Ipswich, and Cambridge, for offering curbside composting pick-up.

3. We all love pizza - but did you know the greasy parts of pizza boxes are compostable? So are well over 50 other items. Here is the full list we've developed to help you out. 

4. Municipal composters are way different from your backyard compost pile. They CAN take waste like meat and bones - which should NOT be put in your backyard. Even if you already compost at your house - you could still get a toter to compost even more! Or... you can heed #5.

5. People who compost make better neighbors! Okay - here's the truth about this 'fact.' Maybe you don't make very much compost, or you might be away a lot - that's okay. You can share a toter with your neighbor and fill the bin together. When you register for composting- just ask for two (or however many you need) kitchen bins. I also recommend working out the answers to some basic questions like who will put out the toter, how often will you clean the toter and who will do it.
For additional information on recycling, go to