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Saturday, February 21
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lifoam Industries, 
2 Fifth St., Peabody
Foam marked #4, #5 and #6, more commonly called StyrofoamŪ.

Saturday, March 28
8:00 - 12:00 pm
Salem High School, 
77 Willson Street
$10 fee for TVs, computers, appliances. 
No limit.
Proof of Residency Required
Book Swap Drop off: 
Friday March 27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday March 28
9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday March 28
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Salem Senior Center
5 Broad Street

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News You Can Re-Use
January 2015, Issue 17
Happy New Year! January is a great time to reflect on our 2014 successes, as well as set new goals for the year ahead. Here's a recap of what YOU recycled in Salem in 2014. Give yourselves a pat on the back for keeping this impressive amount of material from the waste stream and making sure it all got reused, recycled or composted:

Recycled in 2014 - 4875 total tons 
  • Two Book Swaps: 13 tons
  • May Swap 'N' Drop: 0.6 tons
  • November Textile Drive: 6.2 tons
  • Bulky Rigid Plastics: 23.9 tons
  • Christmas Trees: 50 tons
  • E-Waste: 75 tons
  • White Goods: 1 ton
  • Composting of Curbside Food Scraps: 116.2 tons
  • Composting of Curbside Yard Waste: 1,700 tons
  • Curbside Recycling: 2,889.52 tons
 What's New for 2015?
This year, our biggest change is to Salem's E-Waste program. E-Waste will now be collected at Salem High School, 77 Willson Street, four times a year, on the last Saturday of each quarter: March 28, June 27, September 26 and December 26. Recycle anything with a plug. Most items free; $10 to recycle each TV/computer/appliance. E-waste recycling prevents metals and other toxins from posing health and environmental risks after disposal.
Thank you for doing your part!

Fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-content items (cell phones, thermometers, old thermostats etc.) will now be collected SEPARATELY from the e-waste program. Please bring these to DPS at 5 Jefferson Ave. In addition, you may bring fluorescent bulbs to Winer Bros. Ace Hardware at 86 Lafayette St., and fluorescent bulbs (compacts only) to Home Depot and Lowe's.

Frozen Compost Bin? 

 Due to our cold winter temperatures and due to the moisture of our food waste, compost can sometimes freeze in the green carts. As a result, Black Earth Compost cannot empty your green cart. 

Here are some steps you can consider to help alleviate this problem:
1. Keep your green cart indoors
2. Use paper grocery bags to line your green cart (or use lunch bags for small amounts)
3. Purchase compostable bags at Target, Crosby's or Whole Foods. Check to see that they are BPI certified - look for the logo below.
Thank you!
More Information on Food Waste from the Diane Rehm Show:

"Up to 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. With it, we throw away more than $160 billion and huge quantities of natural resources. But while wasted food rots in landfills and emits greenhouse gases, millions of Americans face hunger and global demand for food continues to rise. From farming and distribution to restaurants and homes, experts say there are opportunities for improvement at every level of the food supply chain. This month's Environmental Outlook features the causes and consequences of food waste, and how to change our path."
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