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Cigarette Butt Recycling in Salem!
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 15
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 StyrofoamŪ.
Saturday, November 22 
8:00 am -3:00 pm
Riley Plaza

Saturday,  November 22
8:00 am - 12:00 noon 
5 Jefferson Avenue
 $10 fee for TVs, computers, appliances.  
No limits. 
Proof of residency/
ownership required. 

Contact Julie Rose at
[email protected] or 978.619.5679 with questions or to volunteer.
Saturday, November 15

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Letters From Our Readers:

October 11, 2015:
Hi Julie,
First of all, thanks for your patience when I had lots of questions and worries when the program was new.
The composting program is going so well for us that I can't believe that I was so worried about odors and insects. We had no problems at all this summer, and the cooler weather will only be easier! It works perfectly to line the bin with newspapers, and give it an occasional wipe.
We are so happy to be able to reduce our waste in a productive way.

News You Can Re-Use
November 2014, Issue 15
Textile Recycling: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
by Erin Huggard

With Halloween behind us, we look forward to the bustle of the winter holidays and the chill that comes with the changing of the seasons. In preparation for the coming months, we often find ourselves cleaning out closets and wondering what to do with unwanted items. For clothing and other textiles in good condition, it's easy - we might give them to friends, "hand them down," or donate to charity. But many of us anguish over items that are threadbare, stained or torn. Is there a useful second life for worn out athletic shoes, stained dish towels, and damaged or outdated clothing? Thankfully, the answer is a resounding YES.

On Saturday November 22, SalemRecycles and the City of Salem will partner with Morgan Memorial Goodwill, who will collect all textiles - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and sort and process them either for resale, reuse or donation to overseas communities who then rework them into new items. The stained T-shirt could become a wiping cloth for the automotive industry. The sneaker soles will be ground down to be made into car mats. The dish towels might be shredded and rewoven into new yarns. There are endless ways that textiles are transformed into new items that are of use to people around the world, all while reducing what enters the waste stream.

The 4th annual Clothing & Household Textile Recycling Drive will be held from 8am - 3pm at Riley Plaza, where the Goodwill truck will be stationed. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to collect and rid yourself of clothing, shoes, bedding, curtains, towels and more. All textiles will be accepted, the good, the bad and the ugly, as long as clean and dry.

For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit our website at


Textile Drive FAQ

What can I bring? 
Clothing, shoes, belts, ties, purses, bedding (sheets, comforters, pillows), table linens, curtains, stuffed animals. Items can be reusable, or damaged/torn/stained, but must be CLEAN and DRY.
No carpets, bric-a-brac, oil rags.

Where do I go?  
Riley Plaza in front of Salem's Post Office, 2 Margin St. Look for Goodwill truck.

Can I get a tax donation receipt? 

City of Salem First in New England to Launch Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

We're excited to partner with Terracycle to be the
first city in New England to have a cigarette butt recycling program!  Look for (and use) these bins all around the downtown area. Recycling cigarette butts keep our city beautiful, keeps our beaches clean, and prevents toxins from entering our environment.

For the full article, click HERE
Gobble, gobble...
You may be looking ahead to Thanksgiving dinner, but we're dreaming of how delightfully FULL our compost bins will be that week! Turkey bones & skin, vegetable peels and trimmings, scooped out acorn squash seeds and rinds, apple cores from homemade pies, & leftovers on the plate (hopefully few of those). Sign up now at to receive your FREE curbside compost bin before the holidays."


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